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Behind the jarring photo of heroin users shooting up

Behind the jarring photo of heroin users shooting up

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Heroin in St. Louis

Ashley Johnston and Richard Skinner shoot heroin in the kitchen of Johnston's home in St. Louis on Monday, Feb. 6, 2017. Both have used heroin off and on for years. Johnston, who is six months pregnant with her fourth child, is trying to kick her habit with methadone, but recently missed a few methadone doses because of car problems. Skinner says he uses his stints in jail to get clean. Johnston and Skinner have one child together. Johnston and Skinner's child is cared for Johnston's mother who also cares for Johnston's other two children. Photo by David Carson, dcarson@post-dispatch.com

The Post-Dispatch on Feb. 19 ran a large and jarring photo in the print edition showing two addicts, one pregnant, using the drug that claimed more lives than homicides in St. Louis last year. 

Photo Editor Lynden Steele and photographer David Carson answer questions about the photo, including the circumstances under which it was taken. 

LISTEN TO THE PODCAST: Behind the controversial photo of heroin users shooting up

Read the original story and see more photos by reporter Jesse Bogan and photographer David Carson. Read the letter from the photo editor about the image and reporting for the article

Pregnant women who need help to stop using heroin can call the WISH Center at 314-768-8230 or the Queen of Peace Center at 314-531-0511. 

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