methamphetamine debate has raged in the United Kingdom for
nearly a decade.
Not willing to
take any risks, the Home Office has reclassified the drug
from Class B to Class A. This now puts it in the same
bracket as heroin and cocaine, meaning users face up
to seven years in jail for possession while dealers
and manufacturers may get life.
The drug, also
known as "Tina," "crank," "crack," and "ice," has
proved devastating to gays in the United States
and Australia. It's viewed by many as responsible for
destroying the club scene in major cities, and it is
notoriously linked to unsafe sex and unrelenting
minister Vernon Coaker said, "We know from the
experiences of other countries that it has the potential to
ruin the lives of individuals and their families.
Crystal meth would be an awful drug were it to take
root in this country; it would have a devastating
impact on individuals; it would have a devastating impact on
"We know it
hasn't happened yet; we want to keep it that way.
Reclassification is a precautionary measure that helps to
ensure crystal meth does not gain a foothold in the
U.K. I believe tougher penalties send a strong message
that dealing and making crystal meth will not be
Wainwright and Fergie from the Black Eyed Peas have admitted
to crystal problems in the past. Scissor Sisters wrote about
the drug's effect on the New York City scene in their
haunting Pink Floyd-esque number "Return to
lament features the lyrics "The grass is dead, the gold
is brown, what once was Emerald City's now a crystal town."
(Stewart Who?, U.K.Gay.com)