Tag Archives: Heroin Addiction


Heroin Kills

When we walked onto the Green Line platform to return downtown, I noticed a man and woman in the vacant lot below. The girl was on the ground unconscious, while her boyfriend stood over her crying. That’s […]

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Against Doctor’s Orders: Heroin Addiction – Fighting The Demon

“How you feeling?” asked the doctor. “I’m fuckin’ hurtin’- I’m dope sick, I ache all over, and you people come in here at 5:00 in the fucking morning poking me all over the place, why […]

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Against Doctor’s Orders: Heroin Addiction – Back to the Hospital

I was speaking with Teddy in Talkers’ Park when I noticed Shaggy approaching in the distance. He was over an hour late for our appointment, but at least he had showed up. I promised Shaggy […]

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Against Doctor’s Orders: Heroin Addiction – Eli, Eli, Lema Sabachthani?

I was leading a street photography workshop when Mandrell, one of the heroin addicts that I’ve photographed, spotted me on the corner of State and Madison. “Hey Chuck, how are you? I haven’t seen you […]

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A Day In The Life of a Social Documentary Photographer: Audio Notes for February 6, 2015

One essential piece of equipment for doing social documentary work is a good audio recorder for taking notes, and for conducting interviews. When working long-term projects it becomes impossible to remember everything that happens. The […]

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Heroin Prevention Project

You were a good man, Greg. I’m grateful that you were in my life. We talked about this day, about life, about death – about the struggle for meaning and purpose. You were a true […]

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John Lee, 1-31-2015

John Lee preparing his heroin rig in an abandoned East Garfield Park home.

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West Side Chicago Heroin House

Abandoned houses often serve as shelter for people suffering with drug addiction. This is a popular house where several people live, and where many addicts come to inject heroin throughout the day after they purchase […]

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While searching for John Lee today, I ran into Shaggy, whom I haven’t seen in about eight months. He’s now in a wheelchair due to complications from a recent heroin overdose. Drug addiction is a […]

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