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Heroin Addiction: Psychological, Not Criminal

I ran into Ali today. His abscesses have gotten worse since the last time I saw him. Many addicts put off medical treatment because they are afraid of getting dope sick while in the hospital. From what I’ve been told, not all hospitals give addicts medication to help with their withdrawal symptoms.

How do we know that heroin addiction is a psychological issue rather than a criminal issue? Because anyone in their right mind would never do this to themselves:

Ali displays one of several large abscesses that he has developed due to his heroin addiction.

Ali displays one of several large abscesses that he has developed due to his heroin addiction.

The reason Ali’s leg is so swollen, is because it’s filled with puss and nasty infection. It smells like death when the puss flows out of an abscess. I’ve had that death-smell stick in my nose for several days.

This abscess is about two inches deep. Ali will lose his leg if he doesn’t take care of this.

Abscesses are primarily caused from an addict using dirty needles. Easy and free access to clean syringes helps with harm reduction.

Abscesses are primarily caused by an addict using dirty needles. Easy and free access to clean syringes helps with harm reduction.

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John Lee, reflecting upon the past, contemplating the future

John Lee, reflecting upon the past, contemplating the future. 6-13-2014

Chicago heroin addict, John Lee, reflecting upon the past, contemplating the future. 6-13-2014

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One More Jab – Jason – 6-13-2014 – West Side, Chicago

Heroin addiction, Chicago

The window light, and the laundry basket, are symbolic of the clean life that could be in the future (or, the one left behind). The hole in the wall, is reflective of the hole in one’s soul which keeps the spirit from the light.

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Love Mom

Love Mom - Jason - Chicago heroin addict

Jason, a 30 year-old heroin user, injects the drug into his foot while temporally squatting in an abandoned West Side Chicago home.

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Putting a price on heaven…

“I’ve experienced a lot of hurt, a lot of pain, a lot of people have ripped me off. I’ve seen a lot of things in this drug life, things most people never see – the whole underside of the World. It makes me question the whole thing about God, about dyin’ and walkin’ golden streets. If they’re walkin’ golden streets, then they’re already puttin’ a price on heaven.” – John Lee, Heroin Addict

John Lee-heroin addict - Putting a price on heaven...

Chicago heroin addict, John Lee contemplating the nature of evil and human mortality.

Worlds Within Worlds…

John Lee injects heroin while people travel down Chicago's River Walk.

John Lee injecting heroin while people stroll along Chicago’s River Walk.

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