If ever there was a reason to not do drugs, this is it. The horrors of drug use and meth addiction are depicted in a new series of graphic photos, which show the horrifying toll that drugs can take on someone’s face.
Compiled by an organization dedicated to fighting addiction, Rehabs.com, the series of very disturbing before-and-after photos show exactly what happens when someone becomes addicted to Methamphetamines–a growing problem in this country. Meth is considered a highly addictive and dangerous drug that 8.8 million people in the U.S. have admitted trying, including nearly 8% of high school seniors.
If you find this infographic scary–especially considering the impact that meth can have on someone in a matter of a few short years–it’s meant to be. According to Rehabs.com, drug “addiction touches nearly every family, ravaging physical and mental health, relationships, and personal finances. Mothers, fathers, brothers, sisters, daughters and sons. No one is immune to the frightening long-term impact of hard drug abuse.”
Take a look at some of the effects this drug can have on the faces of real people (these are not actors):
As noted here, on the skin itself, “Acne appears or worsens. Obsessive skin-picking often causes meth users` faces to be covered in small sores and scarring – the result of a common sensory hallucination of bugs crawling beneath the skin.”
And on a Meth addict’s mouth, they often get what’s called “Meth Mouth” which is caused tooth enamel dissolving due to the harsh chemicals of the drug, blood vessels shrinking and an increased rate of decay, among other things.
It’s a scary–but sobering–view of the horros of drug addiction, for sure.
To view all of the photos in this series, click here.