You know meth is a problem when 31 Buddhist monks are defrocked for using it
I always thought meth was a problem. I’ve watched the lives it destroys at light speed. I’ve watched lots of guys I sponsor in AA use it, get clean, and go right back to it over and over. Some will lose every bit of their lives, and a lot never see sobriety. Most gay men with severe meth addiction wind up HIV positive because the meth high leads to sexual pursuits, usually to the exclusion of everything else.
More than 30 Buddhist monks have now lots their followings because of their own addictions to meth:
Thirty-one Thai monks from several monasteries have been officially defrocked after testing positive for drugs. An official for the kingdom’s Buddhist clergy confirmed that one abbot was charged with drug trafficking and that the 31 monks, from the Ban Mo district of Saraburi province, tested positive for methamphetamine in urine tests. A local government official who wished to remain anonymous said that local villagers “frequently complained of suspicious gatherings in temples and most of them are drug users or people involved with drugs.” However, the monks will be welcome to reenter the clergy upon completing rehab and abstaining from drugs. Historically, most Buddhist sects denounce the use of any intoxicating substances which can cause “heedlessness” and are thought to hinder the path to enlightenment. Thailand’s Buddhist clergy has been at the center of numerous recent scandals, with local media reporting on cases of alleged drug use, gambling, and visiting prostitutes. Recent footage of three monks flying in a private jet with Louis Vuitton bags also caused outrage.
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