A new anti-drug advertisement shows theÂ devastating physical transformation addicts experience after years of methÂ use.Â
The photos, that show a shocking DorianÂ Gray-like deterioration, were compiled from mug shots of drug users that wereÂ arrested repeatedly over the years.
The continued drug use caused horrific damageÂ to the drug users’ skin with sores and scarring – that can be caused byÂ uncontrollable scratching during a hallucination when the addict imagines bugsÂ are crawling under their skin.
Additional changes seen in the ad, produced byÂ Rehabs.com, include the so-called ‘meth mouth’ caused by decay and grinding.
Users also progressivelyÂ began to lookÂ gaunt, brought on by malnutrition as the drug suppresses a person’s appetite andÂ the body can begin to consume muscle tissue dueÂ to the lack of properÂ nutrition.
The concept for this kind of ad was actuallyÂ conceived in 2004, by Deputy Bret King from the Multnomah County Sheriff’sÂ Office in Oregon.
Over the years he began to witness theÂ physical transformation that occurred in methamphetamine addicts.
He decided to compile the photos for anÂ anti-drug campaign in December 2004 – to educate children on the realities ofÂ the drug.
‘I’ve made it my business to goÂ through theÂ mug shot system every day. I’ll admit it: I’m looking forÂ the most extremeÂ faces,’ he told TheÂ Oregonian in 2004 about theÂ project.
The recent video andÂ pictorial from Rehabs.com comes after a 2011 photo spread from the Oregon police, ‘From Drugs to Mugs,’ that shows the impact of all hard drugs including cocaine, heroin and meth.
‘Everyone experiments atÂ college or school and I want From Drugs to Mugs to show kids that everyone inÂ those pictures started on cannabis, they didn’t just dive head first intoÂ heroin.’
‘So I ask the students atÂ schools to look at these people and think about their actions, otherwise thatÂ could end up being you,’ Deputy King said in 2011.
The Multnomah Sheriff’sÂ Office has also produced a heart-wrenching educational documentary to aid in itsÂ fight against young people turning to drugs.
‘I want to be able toÂ illustrate the connection between that first decision to use drugs and then downÂ the road when it’s a horrible mess,’ King said.
Expanding theirÂ presentation, which is to be aired in high schools across America, the lawÂ enforcement officer and his team interviewed 300 adult inmates at MultnomahÂ County’s Inverness Jail.
In the 48-minute video,Â Drug Enforcement Administration officers are interviewed about how they find andÂ arrest drug abusers.
Deputy King added testimonyÂ from Multnomah County jail inmates who had been arrested in burglaries and otherÂ crimes that have been linked to drug use.
It is Deputy King’s hopeÂ that the video will show teens how easy it is to fall into drugÂ habits.