New harm-reduction program in Vancouver caters to GBQ+, gender-diverse communities

published on June 18, 2022 by Ashley Moliere in CBC News

Vancouver resident Bruce says he uses crystal meth periodically, but now he wants to stop.

So he joined a new harm-reduction program that caters to the health and well-being of gay, bisexual, queer men (GBQ+) and gender-diverse people in Metro Vancouver.

PnP & Me is a group counselling program designed to support GBQ+ people who wish to reduce or quit their use of stimulant drugs, such as crystal meth, in a sexual context. PnP, which stands for ‘party and play’ was launched by the Health Initiative for Men (HIM), a Vancouver-based non-profit.

Bruce, 47, whose last name the CBC has agreed not to use for confidentiality reasons, says he no longer uses drugs in the context of sex and partying but decided to join the free, 16-week program as part of his sobriety journey…

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