It is absolutely horrifying.
I came across this picture on IFLScience. It was in the thumbnail of the article, and I thought to myself… hmmm. That’s an interesting picture. It’s clearly an X-ray of an adult’s head. But… what’s that extra stuff? An artefact? Something from an item of clothing that he or she had not removed before taking the X-ray?
The image I am referring to is this one.
Which was then followed by this one.
You see it, right? There is something off about this X-ray.
So, what is this image really of? Do you really want to know?
These X-rays are of a heroin addict.
Think on that.
Which of course means, that those thin strips around his neck… are needles that have broken off in his neck over the years.
Holy. Fucking. Crap.
The sheer desperation, the control that such an addiction has over one’s brain to drive a person to keep injecting themselves after reducing them to this state, I find that to be both staggering and humbling.
I have only the deepest respect for those who manage to recover after such an addiction.
Unfortunately, little is known about the patient whose X-ray this is. It was shared anonymously, and that is just as well, as all patients deserve their privacy. I don’t know what happened to him, if he ever recovered or succumbed to his addiction. One way or another, it is definitely a sobering reminder of how bad heroin addiction can get.