P.aul James is a 59-year-old former footballer born in Wales, canadian national team in 1986 World Cup in mexico.
But after he cut his boots, his life changed, and he fell into drugs and poverty, spending six years without a permanent home.
He played 47 times in his home country and later coached the Canadian U20 national team.
But he has been unemployed for the past 13 years and is now living on the streets of London after returning from Canada to the UK just before the pandemic.
Paul James on the stigma of crack cocaine
Said in an interview at the end of 2022, james It was very clear in his view that he lost his job because of the stigma attached to him for using crack cocaine.
“My football career has been everything,” he said in an interview with the Daily Mail.
“I shouldn’t have lost a day’s work. If I were to end my life tomorrow, people would understand because it was a terrible atrocity.”
“I don’t think you should call someone a drug addict, a crack addict, or a junkie.
“These words are an absurdity and a series of views of exposed people as criminals, horrible, irrational, untrustworthy, avoidable, sick, losers, dirty, lazy, scum, unemployable. It reminds me of the label of
“Do you know how disgusting those words are?
“How do you bounce back from being labeled a homeless crack addict? Nope.
“There has never been a war on drugs. How can you wage a war on inanimate objects? There is only war on humans.
“It is the most vulnerable people who suffer the most from the stigma of social exclusion, marginalization and poverty.”