‘Faces of Meth’ ad a shocking look at drug use

facesmethThe “Faces of Meth” — before and after police mugshots of drug users that depict the effects of methamphetamine on the human body — debuted eight years ago this month. It has aged a lot better than the folks using the drug.

A new ad has just been released and the pictures will horrify you. I’ve used one of the least shocking photos at right.

Many Americans learned most of what they know about meth from the TV crime drama “Breaking Bad.” In the acclaimed TV series, a high school chemistry teacher makes the drug in a home lab and begins selling it, raking in millions and running afoul of organized crime.

That’s what makes the drug so hard to control. Almost anyone can make it using common chemicals.

Making meth is dangerous. Toxic gasses are created and homemade labs have been known to explode.

Using meth is even worse. Whether injected, snorted or smoked, meth affects the central nervous system, creating a temporary high. It also creates brain damage and in a matter of months significantly alters the way a person looks.

Smoking the drug promotes tooth decay, causing teeth to literally rot out of the user’s head. The so-called “meth mouth” is easily observed in the photos.

Meth also creates acne or makes it worse. Frequent drug users pick at the skin causing scarring.

Meth users tend to quit eating properly, and the body begins to consume body fat and muscle, creating a gaunt look.

The overall effect is that many meth users look like they’ve aged years in just a few months.

The term “Faces of Meth” was coined in December 2004 by a reporter in Oregon. Soon afterwards, the Multnomah County Sheriff’s Office, located in Oregon near the Washington state line, began its famous drug prevention project.

* See the ad at rehabs.com.

95 comments Add your comment

johnetta

December 5th, 2012
2:55 pm

dont do drugs…

johnetta

December 5th, 2012
2:56 pm

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fes

December 5th, 2012
3:03 pm

meth is evil. like some of the ad campaigns say, ‘not even once’. it’s not worth it. it will take hold of you and not let go until there’s nothing left.

One After 909

December 5th, 2012
3:04 pm

Actually there is a website that posts before and after pictures of meth users.

Google it. There are a lot of them and they are all like this.

Why would anyone be stupid enough to do meth?

Jack Washington

December 5th, 2012
3:05 pm

Meth is one of the worst drugs ever!! The Mexican Gangs are making this stuff in Commercial Labs and flooding our cities and towns with this stuff. One hit and you’re hooked.

Roger RN

December 5th, 2012
3:05 pm

This also applies to those visiting methodone clinics

mike

December 5th, 2012
3:07 pm

No one cared what u looked like after smoking crack cause it was only blacks so now i’m supposed to feel sorry for white meth heads?

Brenda

December 5th, 2012
3:09 pm

Anything that makes you feel like its the last day of school at 3 pm is dangerous. That said, these people would have had to do a LOT of the stuff to look like that. Doing it once or twice will have zero effect.

One After 909

December 5th, 2012
3:11 pm

OTP

December 5th, 2012
3:14 pm

One would hope someone considering doing it would certainly change their mind, seeing this.
For an example of what heroin will do to you, take a look at any recent picture of Keith Richards. It literally takes the life out of someone’s face.

pw

December 5th, 2012
3:26 pm

Mike – I feel you.

Mush Mouth

December 5th, 2012
3:26 pm

Am I the only person interested in trying it once? Just to see what it is like.

Tinala

December 5th, 2012
3:29 pm

Mush Mouth, I guess you are the lone IDIOT on this one.

Atlanta Native

December 5th, 2012
3:30 pm

Don’t pull the race card Mike

Roekest

December 5th, 2012
3:38 pm

I know it sounds bad, but meth mugs were a source of hilarity….and fright in my old newsroom.

Tell you what though, when my kids are old enough, these are the pictures I will show them to keep them off of drugs.

joe

December 5th, 2012
3:38 pm

Mike, the race card is 1990 overplayed, move on to some other complaint that is relevant today…like your food stamps and other entitlements. Brenda, sounds like you speak from experience…keep it up you’ll be dead.

RAMZAD

December 5th, 2012
3:42 pm

Any drug that is a man made mix up, pound up, cook down, strain out, or filter down is just not ready for prime time. The only drug that is ready for prime time are Indica and Lamsbread Sinsemilla.

Brenda

December 5th, 2012
3:42 pm

It is really strange that more black people don’t do this drug.

Luke

December 5th, 2012
3:43 pm

Mike, don’t be absurd. Pulling the race card frivolously is like crying “Wolf!”, desensitizing people from looking deeply at the real issues.

mehlman rings twice

December 5th, 2012
3:47 pm

Meth is an example of the free market at work. For years conservative lawmakers, prosecutors, and other law enforcement officials bragged about the number of drug dealers they were responsible for sending to jail. What they didn’t consider was that those actions cut off the supply to affluent users. Well guess what – those users started making their own.

Dave

December 5th, 2012
3:47 pm

Like many things. people that take meth have this, It won’t happen to me attitude, I can control it, I know what I am doing..

RAMZAD

December 5th, 2012
3:53 pm

I don’t know how far this meth infused “glamor look done gone” sentiment will go, but truly; when inner city crack heads were showing up looking like half rotted fence posts and crack babies coming out were looking like the oil patched under a 1985 Chevy Camaro…no one was appalled….

White people may like to deny it, but no problem is a problem in America until it is a white problem. That is just the way it is, and if you believe different turn to Fox News.

justsayno

December 5th, 2012
3:53 pm

She looks demonic.

justsayno

December 5th, 2012
3:56 pm

I agree, if this were just a so called “inner city” problem, that only affected black and brown people, no one would have said a peep. Sad but true.

Robin P

December 5th, 2012
3:58 pm

If the people understood the ingredients used to whipped up these drugs. That enough, should be a deterent. Unfortunantly, when your soul has been compromised, you are Lost. But, there is HOPE, if you believe and really want to: Give it up, Turn it loose and Surrender, and Restoration will bring you through.

Jacket1985

December 5th, 2012
4:10 pm

I am in the banking business and I have seen both consumer and commercial customers who got hooked on meth. Within six months a meth addict will lose everything they have: their house, their business, their family. I’ve seen enough of it to know. Six months is all it takes.
So sad.

Dumb Idiots

December 5th, 2012
4:20 pm

Stupid meth heads. What a waste of air.

Fred ™

December 5th, 2012
4:33 pm

This is just another attempt to scare the human race in to conforming to other’s ideals. I’ve done meth before. Never became addicted. Alcohol is far worse and it is legal.

Those of you who fall for this get what you deserve.

I think you are either a liar or a crank dealer because no one who has done meth is stupid enough to type what you just typed. Not even a Republican talk radio listening Rushbot, and we know how they love their drug addicts like the meth ho Ayn Rand and Mr. go deaf doing Oxy Rush…………

Andy

December 5th, 2012
4:34 pm

Lets not forget the millions of moms nationwide who use their kids Ritalin as their own meth habit in order to fit into their skinny jeans.

Fred ™

December 5th, 2012
4:39 pm

Whew Andy, thank God I don’t have to worry about that. My kid doesn’t take ritalin, but is she did it STILL wouldn’t matter as my wife never did have any “skinny” jeans lol.

Walter White

December 5th, 2012
4:44 pm

I wouldnt say Meth is all bad. I am actually doing quite well. Well there was this one problem where I ended up killing a few people poisoning a baby, but it really wasnt that big a deal.

Andy

December 5th, 2012
4:46 pm

What a solid argument: The same states that give safe harbor and money to illegal aliens think pot should be legal as well.

Well good for them.

USMC

December 5th, 2012
4:51 pm

“No one cared what u looked like after smoking crack cause it was only blacks so now i’m supposed to feel sorry for white meth heads?”–Mike

Only a Racist like Mike who lives so far down the intelligence chain to come up with a foolish and bigoted statement like the one above. Get over your hate for white people, Mike. Some of them are my best friends and they are pretty nice people. :-)

fes

December 5th, 2012
4:52 pm

“This is just another attempt to scare the human race in to conforming to others ideals. I’ve done meth before. Never became addicted. Alcohol is far worse and it is legal.

Those of you who fall for this get what you deserve.”

You sir, are an idiot and/or a liar. One taste and it can and will suck you in. I lost a year and a half of my life to it. These days, I’m thankful that I didn’t lose more than that. Alcohol is the gateway to all sorts of other experimentation, but meth is far worse.

BonQuiQui

December 5th, 2012
5:09 pm

If you want a frightening look @ what alcohol and drug addiction does to normal, everyday people young and not so young watch a couple of episodes of “Intervention” on A&E. The impact on their families is the worst part.

Reality Check

December 5th, 2012
5:19 pm

Until our society chooses to “make the punishment fit the crime” for the manufacturers and dealers of these drugs (herion & meth in particular), this will continue to happen.

When caught, the dealer and the manufacturer get off light compared to the damage inflicted …. the lives destroyed … in pursuit of money..

We should follow the example of China and other countries where drug dealing is not tolerated and is very harshly punished … deal drugs in China .. and bye bye

Pablo Escobar

December 5th, 2012
5:40 pm

This is ruining our society, it’s an epidemic. It is the root cause of the majority of crimes, at least in the town where I live. It’s out of control and will never get any better until the laws are tougher and the so-called judges take their panties off and quit being buddies and politicians. Actually, preventing the manufacturing,distribution and consumption of this junk would be considered a form of gun control.

Chris

December 5th, 2012
5:44 pm

So Mike is saying white people only react and create anti-meth campaigns because they see mostly white people destroying their lives with meth, right? But white people didn’t do the same in response to seeing mostly black people destroying their lives with crack cocaine?

If there were no anti-crack campaigns, then that means nobody, black nor white, created them. Doesn’t that make black people just as guilty as white people for turning their backs on the crack epidemic? And what about popular rappers like Jeezy and Lil Wayne who glorify manufacturing and selling crack in their music? They’re doing even worse than turning their backs on the problem. They’re encouraging the lifestyle. How about we put some of the blame on them. And on the dealers.

Get off the “white devil’s” back and take a share of the responsibility.

Pablo Escobar

December 5th, 2012
6:22 pm

C’mon everybody. Drugs are not a racial issue.They are an American issue, they are a State issue and they are all of OUR local issues. I am a white male who has been around thousands of people through my work over many years and I can tell you this.Yes, I have seen black people into drugs. I’ve also seen white people into drugs.If there are green and purple people I’ve probably dealt with them too. Bottom line is the same people continue to suffer because of these tards and that’s their family and children,plus all of the other innocent victims….Also, If some rotten-toothed white guy kills me over $5 or a piece of scrap metal, I’d be just as dead as if a black junkie killed me for my car. (By the way green-teeth,I’m always watching)

Mike you are a FOOL

December 5th, 2012
6:36 pm

Mike —– What the hell does race nave to do with this you my friend are a stupid pig>>>>>>>

Mike you are a FOOL

December 5th, 2012
6:38 pm

Fes you are an idiot also.. Smile for the camera LOL

Mike you are a FOOL

December 5th, 2012
6:40 pm

WHAT THE F__K does race have to do with this??? NOT A DAMM THING.. Get over the Black White issue and lets fix the problem.. RACE BAITING JUST MAKES IT WORSE.. HOW stupid are the people?????

Pablo Escobar

December 5th, 2012
6:57 pm

Oh, by the way. I know this is about meth, but why do we have people risking and losing their lives trying to prevent drugs coming across the border when we have some states legalizing marijuana ? I’m not saying I’m for or against it. I’m asking how can we arrest a smuggler for bringing something over here that’s legal in certain places. This is one jacked up place and I only hope and wish that the sissies and politicians that caused it pay for it.

Beano

December 5th, 2012
7:03 pm

after looking at these ads, I’ve decided not to do meth. What drugs should I do instead?

Vashtai

December 5th, 2012
7:07 pm

I’ve always been one to experiment with drugs, mostly pot. In the mid 80s there was a documentary about the new crack epidemic. They showed this haggard looking young man. Then they showed a pic of his high school Sr. pic and he was beautiful. He was then 21. They asked him when he knew he was hooked on crack. He replied, “when I exhaled the first time.” That scared the crap out of me. Same with meth.

Sally

December 5th, 2012
7:10 pm

Very, very, very sad.

Rod

December 5th, 2012
7:12 pm

She looks like that guy on Tales from the Crypt you can smoke weed everyday heavy and you wont look like that good grief!

RAMZAD

December 5th, 2012
7:25 pm

White folks do not want to hear about race when it is not convenient of comfortable for them.

That is quite disingenuous. You can’t call other folks racists when they make an observation that gives you a moral fever. Take your “Tylenol.” Learn about your weaker dispositions and go forward better for having found the guts to do so.

It is a fact that when 1980 came and we started to see black crackhead looking like stick ghosts with the eyes of a dead fish and when we started seeing the heartbreak that was a- predominantly black crack baby. It was not news.

White people did not take a stand for these fellow Americans. They went into gated communities and bought guns, and secluded themselves like they always do from “minority threats.”

Social problems are only important in America when one of two things happen.

1. They cost white people money.
2. White people are the victims.

Now, if you want to call this observation racist that makes you a liar or stupid or both.

hit a single

December 5th, 2012
7:31 pm

It is sad but people are just sorry. We can blame Drugs all we want. Drug dealers deal for the money. Drugusers care about being high and that is it. You are going to see more because we are not teaching responsiblity anymore in the family, schools and definitely our government. Presidnt Obama and all this free assistance programs are a big part of the problem. People have way too much free time. So don’t blame drugs only blame our sorry ass society.

hit a single

December 5th, 2012
7:32 pm

Also this is our new society thanks too all these liberals.