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© Leanne Boulton, All Rights Reserved

Social documentary photography from Glasgow, Scotland.

Captured on the streets of Glasgow in July 2018. I was shocked to see a used syringe and hypodermic needle sitting on the top of a public ashtray in the wide open city street. Sure you will see them if you stray off the main shopping streets but this was right in the middle of a public space with benches, and in summer, a travelling show of amusements.

I hoped that I would never find cause to publish this image but was rooting through my unpublished shots today, without any specific notion in mind, and the shot hit me hard. The headlines in Scotland today are the record breaking number of drug deaths in the last year. These drug deaths are up to 1,339 in the last year, 75 more than the previous year, and the highest by far throughout the whole of Europe. Shocking numbers and each one a tragedy that should never have happened. These people have been failed.

I am very strongly anti-drugs, with a healthcare background having witnessed the harm they do, but firmly believe that continued punishment of those abusing and addicted to drugs is not working. It's high time we came down hard on the suppliers of drugs but treated users with compassion and medical care instead of punishment.

During 2018 I saw a massive rise in so-called 'legal highs' with the use of synthetic cannabis (now illegal) and the effects of users on the street being almost 'zombified' in their movements and actions. There was a rapid rise at the time which I had never noticed before. This shot was on a another level and yes, I reported it to the council for it to be cleaned up as soon as possible.

Take care everyone.

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