This project consists of a series of photograms made with the drug Oxycontin®, a strong narcotic and the prime suspect in the current opiate crisis. While the drug is legally available via prescription as a tablet, it is often then ground down into a fine powder and subsequently snorted or injected, creating an instant euphoric high similar to that of heroin. Purdue Pharmaceutical aggressively marketed Oxycontin® to physicians claiming that the drug's delayed release mechanism would limit the risk of addiction. This was not the case and vast numbers of patients became strongly addicted, needing increasing doses to satisfy their cravings or turning to cheaper street alternatives such as heroin. Therefore, a new generation of addicts was created.
Mike Bors • Niamh Crowley • Leeza Kane • Vincent OCallaghan • Pauline Rowan • Aoife Shanahan • Edward TM Smyth •