Thursday, February 9, 2012

PRISONERS

"condition of teeth unknown" 3 x 3 inches, acrylic on photopaper.

Jim Wong was arrested in Nogales, Arizona in March of 1917. He was convicted of smuggling opium.

"The most important reason for the increase in opiate consumption in the United States during the 19th century was the prescribing and dispensing of legal opiates by physicians and pharmacists to women with ”female problems” (mostly to relieve menstrual pain). Between 150,000 and 200,000 opiate addicts lived in the United States in the late 19th century and between two-thirds and three-quarters of these addicts were women."  source

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