After selling heroin on the streets all morning, former school teacher Jenny is tired and in need of her next hit. Carrying her earnings, she travels to a decrepit house on the outskirts of Imphal, capital of the north-eastern Indian state of Manipur, to find some relief.
It’s here that drug users openly inject and unwind, and where Jenny, 46, picks up her next gram of heroin to sell on the streets. She can’t remember when she began injecting heroin – she thinks it was about 10 years ago when problems with her husband reached boiling point – nor can she remember the last time she saw her two children.
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Published in The Guardian, July 28, 2017