Dissident AIDS Database

Co-factorsRecreational drugsDrug EpidemicAmphetamine
The Drug-AIDS Hypothesis
 Duesberg Peter, Rasnick David
  Based on the amounts confiscated, 2 million doses in 1981 and 97 million doses in 1989, amphetamine consumption has spiraled 50-fold in the 1980s (Flanagan TJ, Maguire K. Sourcebook of Criminal Justice Statistics (1989)—Bureau of Justice Statistics NCJ-124224. U.S. Department of Justice, U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington, DC, 1989). Non-scientific reports describe new upsurges of amphetamine consumption in the US and Europe among male homosexuals (Sadownick D. Kneeling at the Crystal Cathedral. Genre 1994; 40-45, 86-90, December/January 1994, Rotello G. A deal with the devil. The Advocate 1996; 96, October, 15) and others (Russell S. ‘Speed’ Hospitalizations Soar. SF Chronicle (San Francisco) 1996: A13, A15, July 2). According to the US Department of HHS, "amphetamine-related emergency room episodes... [presenting with] violent paranoid behavior as well as stroke, seizure and death ... "(Drug Strategies. Keeping Score. Keeping Score 1996; 1-33) increased from 8,800 in 1990 to 17,665 in 1993 (Drug Strategies. Keeping score; What We Are Getting for Our Federal Drug Control Dollars. Drug Strategies, Washington DC, 1995, U.S. Department of Health & Human Services. Annual Medical Examiner data. Data from the Drug Abuse Warning Network (DAWN) 1994; 1-82, 1994). In California amphetamine or ‘speed’ hospitalizations rose even faster from 1,466 in 1984 to 10,167 in 1994 (Russell S. ‘Speed’ Hospitalizations Soar. SF Chronicle (San Francisco) 1996: A13, A15, July 2, Wallace B. ‘Speed’ Abusers Need More and More. SF Chronicle (San Francisco) 1996: A2, May 31). And the Drug Abuse Warning Network reports a three-fold increase in amphetamine deaths from 252 in 1991 to 751 in 1994 (U.S. Department of Health & Human Services. Annual Medical Examiner data. Data from the Drug Abuse Warning Network (DAWN) 1994; 1-82, 1994). Recently amphetamines have gained popularity, compared to nitrites, as sexual stimulants among American male homosexuals. Says the director of an outpatient treatment center in Los Angeles, "Look at the demographics. It’s such a nasty drug, the way it destroys the body and the mind. Crystal (amphetamine) is a gay person’s drug and a gay community problem." (Sadownick D. Kneeling at the Crystal Cathedral. Genre 1994; 40-45, 86-90, December/January 1994).
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