Heroin Addiction

Zombie Addiction In Your Head

Heroin addiction hurts everyone involved; the addicts, parents, friends and family. After two years documenting the destructive power of heroin addiction, the emotional impact started to have an effect. Several of the addicts that I photographed became more than just photo subjects, they became friends. Several of those people eventually died from their addictions, leaving […]

Against Doctor’s Orders Part Two: God Bless My Addiction

Against Doctor’s Orders Part Two: God Bless My Addiction Heroin addiction is nothing short of evil. The US is currently in the midst of an opioid overdose epidemic, that not only includes heroin, but  prescription pain medications as well. In fact, many heroin addicts first developed their physical reliance on opioids by taking prescription pain medications. My […]

Voices From the Streets: D’s Love Hate Relationship With Heroin

Voices From the Streets: D’s Love Hate Relationship With Heroin    

Against Doctor’s Orders Part One: A Photo Documentary On Heroin Addiction

Against Doctor’s Orders Part One: A Photo Documentary on Heroin Addiction    

Aidan Ellison, age 20, heroin addict

So young… I read “The Hustle,” from the first issue of Gravis to him, that section where I describe how addicts put on their sad faces while panhandling, and then once they get around the corner, they’re all smiles. “Wow, man, you sure got our number down!” said Aidan when I had finished reading. UPDATE […]

The Price of Addiction

I’m almost finished with part two of “Against Doctor’s Orders,” which is the first series of my social documentary magazine, “Gravis.” The next issue contains many photos that I’ve never published, like these black and white film images of Shaggy prior to his getting the infection, which would ultimately cost him part of his leg. This […]

Heroin Addicts Tell Story of Struggle, Warn Others

Heroin addiction has been on the rise across America in recent years, with heroin overdose deaths reaching all-time highs. Mandrell White, age 34, and Caleb Higgins, age 26, are two Chicago heroin addicts who share in their struggle to battle addiction, and in their desire to warn others of the power of heroin to destroy […]

Against Doctor’s Orders: Heroin Addiction – Death Wish

“Hmm? There doesn’t seem to be anyone in room 618 by that name” said the hospital receptionist in response to my request for a visitor pass to see Shaggy. “Let me see if he might be in another room,” she continued. I immediately started thinking to myself, “he’s left the hospital to go get dope.” […]