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Who's using at Vancouver's supervised injection site

Last summer photographers Farah Nosh and David Strongman (assisted by Emily Carr students) spent nine days in a makeshift photo studio in Vancouver's Downtown Eastside, photographing and interviewing participants of Insite, the supervised injection site whose right to stay open will be subject to a Supreme Court of Canada hearing beginning on Thursday.

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"Smilie", a participant of Insite.

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Gail, 49, has been using for three years.

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Den, 38, is a participant of Insite.

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Tom Q. is a participant of Insite.

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Suzan "Life", 44, is a participant of Insite's detox program.

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Tony, is a participant of Insite.

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Gabriella, 20, has been using since she was 17. She is a participant of Insite.

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Mel 'Spunkie' first used heroin at the age of 9.

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Tina "Diva", 52, has been a heroin addict since she was 16 years old. The longest she has ever been able to stay clean was 3 years.

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Clint "Skank", a university graduate and new father, started using heroin to cope with his depression and anxiety.

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Erik "Redrum" has been a heroin addict for 18 years, and has overdosed nine times.

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Larson, is a participant of Insite.

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Tasha, 26, has been using morphine for two years, she wants to clean up and get her kids back.

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