Meth and AAPIs

A&PI Wellness Center is sponsoring a panel presentation on Methamphetamine usage and its effects on the Asian & Pacific Islanders today from Noon to 2 p.m. in the Banyan Room of the A&PI Wellness Center, 730 Polk Street, San Francisco.Methamphetamine (Tina, crystal, ice, speed) usage is considered to be underreported among the A&PI community. Its negative effects to our community are dire. Did you know that approximately 70% of A&PI intravenous drug users use methamphetamines? Among the A&PIs in the U.S., 10 percent of the Filipino residents ages 10 to 44 had used Meth in the past six months. Furthermore, recent statistics reveal that men who have sex with men are 10 times more likely to use Meth then the rest of the population.

This panel will cover the history of Meth amongst the A&PI community (both in Asia and in the US), as well as the drug’s associated physiological, psychological, and sociological effects.

The panelists include Neil Nadkarni from the A&PI Wellness Center, Terry Morris from the SF Aids Foundation (head of Project Speed) and Stephen Fields from the Asian American Recovery Services (social worker who has case managed many A&PI Meth users).

Food will be provided. For more information please contact Neil Nadkarni at neil@apiwellness.org

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