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IV bruises -- DTES | by popeye logic
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IV bruises -- DTES

Rodney is homeless on the DTES. Mostly he comes down here to access services and to be with friends, but when it’s bedtime he heads up to St Andrew Wesley’s United Church on Burrard where he sleeps on the sheltered porch. He did three years at Kent Prison here in BC which he says saved his life. It was three years away from heroin and the streets. He has a history of heroin addiction and crack use but is on methadone now. His bruised arm is from a hospital IV he’d been on for four days after he was bitten by a recluse spider – yes, apparently they are here! The spider bit him near the corner of his eye, and his face was horribly swollen before he received care. Rodney is from PEI and would like to return to visit, but the town he’s from doesn’t have a methadone program. He tells another thing about his prison stay. He says it taught him that he actually has a heart and that in spite of the crimes he once committed to feed his addiction, he is a good person.

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Taken on April 15, 2008