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Photo and caption by lin luo

Oz, 68, flute player for the last 30 years performing beneath the Waterloo rail bridge in central London. He plays a fife, a small, high-pitched flute with a tube of 6 finger holes. To him, this is not only his means to make ends meet, but also the only source of income to feed his addiction. He is one of the 1.5 million people in the UK addicted to tranquilizers. Despite of these drugs' highly addictive nature, there is still no specialist NHS support to help patients. At price tag of 300 pounds a ounce, Oz is unable to afford his fixes anymore and thus going through a painful withdrawal.

Location: Waterloo station, Central London, UK


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