Jun 06, 2013 1:55 PM GMT
According to David Stuart, director of Antidote—London's only dedicated LGBT-specific drug-and-alcohol support service—the number of crystal meth and mephedrone users injecting the drugs in a sexual context leapt from 20 percent in 2011 to 80 percent in 2012. Seventy percent of those injecting are reportedly sharing needles. "It's a staggering and frightening increase," Stuart told me.
And, of course, what makes these slamming parties unique is the slamming itself. Injecting meth (or "Tina," as it's commonly referred to in the gay community) provides a far more intense, longer, and therefore cheaper hit than smoking it, ramping up your libido and stripping inhibitions. It's turned London's already pretty athletic gay sex-party scene into an extreme sport, with revellers apparently averaging up to five sexual partners a session.