Meth, Sex, and the Dynamic of Power

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Very recently, Los Angeles based policial activist and donor Ed Buck, 65, was charged with administering methamphetamine, maintaining a drug house, and battery causing serious injury after a 37-year-old man overdosed but survived at Buck’s West Hollywood apartment. And this was not the first incident at Buck’s apartment. Two other men had overdosed there since 2017. Those two men, unfortunately, died.

It appears that with Ed Buck there was a pattern of using money, influence, and access to meth to lure less-fortunate men into his home for sex. Essentially, a meth for sex exchange. And this is hardly unusual. In both the gay and straight communities, we see older men with money relying on this power dynamic to obtain sex. 

John-Manuel Andriote recently examined this phenomenon (mostly as it pertains to the gay community) in an article for the Washington Blade. Dr. David Fawcett, Seeking Integrity’s Vice President for Clinical Programming and author of the book Lust, Men, and Meth, is interviewed extensively in this piece. To read the entire article, click the link below.

How Many More Ed Bucks Are Out There?