Federico Borella

Photojournalist
 
Crystal Meth
Location: bologna
Nationality: Italian
Biography: Federico Borella is a photojournalist working for QN (Quotidiano Nazionale ), national newspaper in Bologna, Italy. Since 2009 to date—he has also contributed to La Repubblica and L'Espresso Group.  Internationally published ,... MORE
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Crystal Meth
Copyright Federico Borella 2024
Date of Work Aug 2012 - Aug 2012
Updated Mar 2018
Location Fresno
Topics Abandonment, Black and White, Community, Documentary, Drug Abuse, Editorial, Homelessness, Illness, Photography, Photojournalism, Poverty

Crystal Meth is a totally synthetic drug which comes in the form of white crystals. It can be sniffed, smoked in a glass pipe or injected. It is considered one of the strongest and most harmful drugs ever, as addiction comes right after the very first dose. Physical degradation sets in fast. The substance provokes blood vessel contraction, teeth fall, appetite vanishes, the heart suffers irreparable damage, the skin loses its flexibibiby making the face look ten years older. In a very short time the drug user loses memory, becomes irritable and starts experiencing hallucinations. Most Meth addicts are covered with small wounds: they keep on scratching themselves, convinced there are insects crawling under their skin. Fresno, California, is recognized as the capital of Crystal Meth because of its geographical position. The proximity of Mexico turned it into a drug distribution hub for the whole of U.S. This rural area is made up of isolated buildings in the middle of farming fields, ideal for setting up illegal drug labs where huge quantities of Meth are produced. From here, Meth spread fast, as it is extremely cheap and easy to produce: the recipe is available on the internet and in just 40 minutes you can fix a dose made from ingredients like plumbing-cleaning acid, lantern oil, battery lithium and anti-freeze liquid.





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