This image depicts a still life composed of a number of items representing homemade devices commonly found in the heroin user’s repertoire of implements used to measure out, and deliver individual doses of the illegal narcotic. Included in this grouping were two metallic spoons used to “cook” down the crystalline powder into a liquid, which would then be injected directly into the user’s vein, using syringes included here. These items were supplied by the State of Georgia Crime Laboratory in Atlanta, Georgia.
“In 2009, 28,754 (91 percent) of all unintentional poisoning deaths were caused by drugs. The class of drugs known as prescription painkillers, which includes such drugs as methadone, hydrocodone, and oxycodone, was most commonly involved, followed by cocaine and heroin.” (See link below)