Jerrold Nadler, along with senators Chuck Schumer and
Hillary Clinton, all New York Democrats, announced
Thursday they had secured $825,000 in federal funding
for crystal methamphetamine treatment and prevention
services at New York City's Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and
Transgender Community Center.
World AIDS Day, and we all know of the
powerful connection between crystal meth abuse
and HIV seroconversion," says Richard Burns,
the center's executive director, in a press release.
"The AIDS epidemic is not over and is being
fueled by this addiction. This support
from Congressman Nadler and senators Schumer and Clinton
will enable the center to expand our prevention and
intervention response for people in crisis with this
drug. We are very grateful to our representatives who
have been champions for our cause in Congress."
the center's director of research and planning, says
the federal funds will be used to enhance the
center's community-based crystal meth
prevention and education campaigns; expand and improve
how the organization conducts early intervention and relapse
prevention outreach for crystal meth users; and extend
help and support to other gay, AIDS, and substance
abuse treatment organizations to build a network of
more effective crystal meth prevention and treatment
services in New York.
Nadler spoke of the serious threat that crystal meth use in
New York has posed to the health of the city's gay,
lesbian, bisexual, and transgender residents.
"The best way to turn this trend around is to
get federal funds into the hands of front-line service
providers like the center," Nadler said in a
press statement. "Today we're demonstrating
that the center has Congress's full support."
more about the center and its services, go
online to www.gaycenter.org.