Say no to drugs

Portrait photographer and interviewer Soft White Underbelly for 4 months has been recording 24 years old Amanda. Amanda has been abuse, molested and had resorted to drug usage specifically crack cocaine. For a while she had to stay with her boyfriend and moved out because of issues they had and became homeless. Amanda’s journey through addiction and abuse gets worse as the lengthy video goes on.

In the first interview, she’s healthy and as the months goes by she becomes a shadow of her former self. Not being able to hold down a conversation because of her high state. As a result of drug abuse. Somehow she has developed a speech problems with serious stuttering and quivering when responding to Underbelly’a questions. For each session, Amanda is seen with scars mostly on her face. As a result of extreme crack usage, her physical attributions can be compared to a cachexia patient with muscle wasting.

She’s currently living on the streets of Skid row, a neighborhood in downtown Los Angeles. Amanda works as a prostitute to afford the expensive cracks she uses.

Underbelly in a statement about the severity of her case, asked that we look into the problem rather than the record he made.

You can also read the effect of drugs on the brain.

Take major steps now and stop abuse of drugs and procrastination

You can watch the full interview here :

Drug abuse by Amanda

See images from each stage and the effects of drugs abuse is clearly visible.

Amanda drug abuse
Amanda’s Drug abuse

According to National Institute of Drug Abuse :

Drug use can have a wide range of short- and long-term, direct and indirect effects. Drug use can also have indirect effects on both the people who are taking drugs and on those around them. This can include affecting a person’s nutrition; sleep; decision-making and impulsivity; and risk for trauma, violence, injury, and communicable diseases.