Gina Ferazzi: Living on Black Tar Heroin

Gina Ferazzi is a reporter for the LA Times. In this audio slideshow, Ferazzi drops us into the world of two heroin addicts.

(click “Watch Audio Slideshow” just below the image on the LA Times site)

We spend a few minutes listening to their stories and watching them prepare and inject heroin in all spots of their bodies. I was struck by the “normality” of these people – something that really surprised me. We see images of the couple preparing dinner alongside photos of them injecting heroin. They explain how they borrow money and forego food to come up with enough cash to buy their “expensive medication.”

Pretty amazing access and intimacy that Ferazzi was able to coordinate.

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