The Denver Post
"FALLEN ANGEL'S / HEROIN IN DENVER"
An explosion in opiate painkiller abuse is leading in turn to a terrifying growth in heroin addiction and overdose in America. In Denver, pain pills may be everywhere, but heroin as an opium-delivery vehicle is far cheaper. Addicts discover this when they’ve finally burned through all the pills their friends give them, or the ones they steal from their parents’ medicine cabinets: Percocet on the street costs $1 per milligram. A 100mg balloon of potent black tar heroin in Denver sells for $20. A heroin habit for a homeless addict is possible because of the drug's availability and price. They ‘fly a sign’ begging for money up to 12 hours a day, rain or shine. Generous or oblivious drivers and good Samaritans hand them up to $100 a day, hoping against their better judgment that the money will be used well. They are constantly proved wrong.
With her lips bright red, Angel Gamboeck stops licking the wounds and lets the blood flow from so many missed attempts at finding a vein in her hand. Angel was shooting up two full bags of heroin and cocaine mixed together under a bridge in Denver. Angel, a homeless heroin addict, flies a sign on the streets in order to support her habit.