Addiction Talk Episode 49: Jason Yamas

Air Date: Wednesday, November 1 2023
Interviewer: Joy Sutton
Interviewee: Jason Yamas
Jason Yamas

About Our Guest

Joining “Addiction Talk” is queer writer, producer, director and actor Jason Yamas.

Substance use in the LGBTQ+ community is a well-known issue; discrimination, prejudice and violence are just a few of the reasons why addiction occurs at much higher rates in this community compared to the general population. On this episode of “Addiction Talk,” Jason Yamas will be shedding light on this crisis, more specifically, the ongoing crystal meth epidemic.

In 2015, Jason arrived in San Francisco from Los Angeles by way of New York, where he embarked on a successful career as a multimedia producer. He previously struggled with addictions to cocaine, Adderall and GHB, and by the time he reached the Bay Area, he became addicted to crystal meth. Not long after his arrival to San Francisco, under the guise of conducting research for a project about the drug world, he began dealing meth and quickly became one of the city’s most prolific dealers.

By 2017, Jason achieved recovery and left the city, and has been sober ever since. He chronicled this harrowing period of his life in his recently-released memoir “Tweakerworld,” which is available now.

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