Few are the Internet users not aware of the “Faces of Meth” campaign launched by the Multnomah County Sheriff’s Office about 8 years ago in a desperate bid to curb the serious meth problem in Oregon. It just got a brand new ad.
The idea behind the campaign is to shock people into awareness by presenting photos of real individuals before they started using methamphetamine and as their addiction is fully blown.
Most of the photos are totally shocking, which is precisely what the campaigns aims at: shock. Meth addiction is seriously devastating, dangerous, and shocking, and should be treated accordingly.
A new ad / infographic, part of the campaign, has been released and is available at Rehabs.com. Because of the disturbing nature of the photos, we have chosen to attach to this article only a portion of it.
The rest is available at the link above, but *please note that discretion is recommended because these are seriously shocking images.
Besides offering photographic evidence of the consequences of meth addiction, the infographic also brings to focus several physical deteriorations that usually accompany it.
They’re most noticeable in the skin, the lips and gums, the fat in the face (or absence thereof), and the perceived age of the addict.
To better illustrate all these, the infographic includes several photos of the same addict, and their age at the exact moment when each shot was taken.
The effect is utterly harrowing, and not just by comparison.
“Addiction touches nearly every family, ravaging physical and mental health, relationships, and personal finances. Mothers, fathers, brothers, sisters, daughters and sons,” the infographic reads.
“No one is immune to the frightening long-term impact of hard drug abuse. What follows is a sobering depiction of REAL individuals who’ve fallen victim to the temptation of drug use – in this case, Methamphetamine – whose devastating effects are all too apparent,” it further says.