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Crystal meth, gay men and sex — a 'perfect storm'

Crystal meth first came into Jon Hartman's life when he was out one night with friends. It was just one of a number of party drugs at hand. Yet, within a year, it became his substance of choice.

"From day one, I was using it in conjunction with other drugs. It gave me a feeling of invincibility: 'I can do anything. I am good looking, charming, I can do whatever I want,' " recalled Hartman, 53, a gay man who was then in his early 30s.

"It makes people feel like they're on top of the world," says Stacy Agosto, who as program manager for substance abuse services

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