nce heroin frightened people. More recently, some people have tried to make heroin use fashionable.
In the past decade, the heroin addict look – blank expression, waxy complexion, dark circles under the eyes, sunken cheeks, excessive thinness, greasy hair – was promoted in popular magazine and fashion circles as chic.
Just as rock stars helped popularize LSD during the 1960s, so have some fashion designers, photographers and advertising people of today influenced an entire generation of youth by portraying heroin use in magazines and music videos as in vogue and even desirable.
It is grimly ironic that David Sorrenti – the fashion photographer whose work was synonymous with heroin chic – died at the age of 20 from heroin overdose.(22)
I couldnt even look at myself in the mirror anymore. I tried to convince myself that I was going to get out. But deep inside, I had accepted the idea of dying. I was a wreck. I had no more motivation. I was sure I would end life as a drug addict because I didnt have any other solution.
I lost contact with my family because we no longer had anything in common. Go see my mother? Impossible. I was too ashamed and I knew I was hurting her. I had problems with the law and was stealing to get money. I lived only for drugs. Debbie, drug addict(1)