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We think it’s important that you know Tina. We’re
people who’ve never used, users, ex-users, and those
who provide support to people whose lives have been significantly
affected by Tina use. We encourage you to respect yourself
enough to be informed about what you’re putting into
your body and/or someone else’s, and the associated
risks. Know what your friend or loved one is involved with.
At least know the basics. That’s what the Tina FAQ section
Why an emphasis on Tina? Crystal meth is a powerful and
dangerous drug. It stands apart from other drugs commonly
considered ‘party drugs’ in our community. Even
though usage rates are low compared to other substances, the
impacts tend to be greater and the onset quicker.
We think that an extreme presentation of crystal meth impacts
doesn’t reflect the reality of many users in Toronto’s
gay and bisexual community. What are often presented in mainstream
media are worst-case scenarios. We don’t believe in
We also think that minimizing the real consequences of Tina
use is irresponsible. We’re not going to sugarcoat the
One of the challenges in presenting information about Tina
(or any other drug) is that a number of variables impact the
user experience. An illicit substance made to widely varying
manufacturing standards only complicates this further.
Our goal is to mediate these challenges to provide information
that is inclusive, useful and easy to find. Please explore
other sections on this site for more information and resources
on related subjects. You’ll find hundreds of practical
risk reduction tips and strategies for users, ex-users, and
people affected by someone else’s use. The search function
and site map included on each page are tools to help access
the resources on this site.