Freelance photojournalist Angela Shoemaker recently completed a documentary project about HVO De-Aak in Amsterdam, one of several retirement homes across the Netherlands designed to help the country’s aging drug addicts.
Shoemaker discusses her project on Framework.
Photo: Hensley Michiel, 51, prepares a hit of crack in his room. Diagnosed with HIV in 1994, he was in poor health and near death before moving into the nursing facility in Amsterdam. He has been using heavy drugs for 28 years. Credit: Angela Shoemaker

Freelance photojournalist Angela Shoemaker recently completed a documentary project about HVO De-Aak in Amsterdam, one of several retirement homes across the Netherlands designed to help the country’s aging drug addicts.

Shoemaker discusses her project on Framework.

Photo: Hensley Michiel, 51, prepares a hit of crack in his room. Diagnosed with HIV in 1994, he was in poor health and near death before moving into the nursing facility in Amsterdam. He has been using heavy drugs for 28 years. Credit: Angela Shoemaker

“The Netherlands plans to ban foreign visitors from pot shops in a move that opponents have labeled ‘tourism suicide,’” Mary Forgione reports.
Photo: A woman smokes a marijuana cigarette in an Amsterdam shop. Credit: Christopher Furlong / Getty Images

The Netherlands plans to ban foreign visitors from pot shops in a move that opponents have labeled ‘tourism suicide,’” Mary Forgione reports.

Photo: A woman smokes a marijuana cigarette in an Amsterdam shop. Credit: Christopher Furlong / Getty Images

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