Shamed Evangelist Ted Haggard admitted Friday that he bought the dangerous drug methamphetamine (METH) and received a massage from a gay prostitute who claims he was paid for drug-fueled trysts by the outspoken gay-marriage opponent.
Methamphetamine releases high levels of the neurotransmitter dopamine, which stimulates brain cells, enhancing mood and body movement. In addition to possible physical and psychological damage, meth use often leads to compulsive sexual behaviors that increase the spread of HIV and other sexually transmitted infections.
Evangelist Ted Haggard, 50, resigned Thursday as president of the National Association of Evangelicals and stepped down as leader of his Colorado mega-church while the two groups investigate the allegations.
Talking to reporters outside his house Friday, Haggard denied the sex allegations but said he did buy meth from the man because he was curious.
"I bought it for myself but never used it," he said.
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