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Heroin Addiction is a Life of Grime

CHICAGO, ILLINOIS - SEPTEMBER 2, 2014 - Heroin addicts often find refuge in and around abandoned houses. This house is located in K-Town, and is a regular spot where addicts stop to inject after purchasing their heroin.

CHICAGO, ILLINOIS – SEPTEMBER 2, 2014 – Heroin addicts often find refuge in and around abandoned houses. This house is located in K-Town, and is a regular spot where addicts stop to inject after purchasing their heroin.

It is not uncommon for junkies to use dirty water to cook their heroin in. It’s absolutely frightening watching someone draw nasty water into their syringe from some discarded container found at the bottom of a stairwell.

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Heroin Addiction: Only Two Endings…

I looked at John Lee as he plunged a needle deep into his groin, and I said, “you know John, there are only two endings to this story; one where you get clean and straighten out your life, and another where you die. He briefly looked up from what he was doing and replied, “you know what? you’re absolutely right.”

CHICAGO, ILLINOIS - SEPTEMBER 1, 2014 - John Lee, recovering from a blood infection which caused by a broken needle that was in his foot, sleeps on Hepatitis Boulevard.

CHICAGO, ILLINOIS – SEPTEMBER 1, 2014 – John Lee, recovering from a serious blood infection that was caused by a broken needle in his foot, sleeps on Hepatitis Boulevard.

It’s very sad watching someone slowly kill themselves.

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Junkie Shit – #274

 Junkie Shit - #274 - Lower Wacker, #Chicago - Fall, 2014 - Minolta 202, Tri-X EI 800, Stand Development -

Junkie Shit – #274 – Lower Wacker, #Chicago – Fall, 2013 – Minolta 202, Tri-X EI 800, Stand Development -

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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.

Support your local harm reduction centers. Chicago Recovery Alliance  @anypositivechange

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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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