Methamphetamines: Scare Them With Bad Skin

kid's face progression photos on methamphetamine

Photo by Abalone Software

Some might disagree with "scare tactics" as a way to get kids to avoid drugs. If it works, I'm all for it. But it might not. Remember the "your brain on drugs" commercial with the frying eggs? That attempt didn't work, obviously, so most kids probably just thought, "Yum, I want breakfast!"

But new software that progresses a photo of a child's face to show what it will look like after meth use just might do the trick. It hits teens' vanity, which, we all know, is pretty close to number one on the list of things they are concerned about.

A sheriff from the Mendocino County Sheriff's Office in California, working with a local community of Pomo Indians, created the software with the help of Abalone LLC to deal with methamphetamine issues in that area.

The software, which at $3,000 is not something you'll be downloading onto your family laptop, is geared more for law enforcement agencies and school programs. It age progesses a photo to six months, one year and three years after using the drug, a super powerful amphetamine that often replicates the euphoric effects of cocaine.

All you have to do is google it to see the havoc this drug wreaks on faces for real: the pale sickly color, deep creases where you would never expect to get wrinkles, sunken complexion, scars, acne, thin and scragly hair, and much much worse. Consider me officially scared.

The program is a little to young yet to prove whether it really helps kids to say no to drugs, but the developers are positive it will have an impact.

What are your thoughts on a drug program that scares kids away from drugs? Will it work or can you only teach kids to say no through hardcore education?


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ethan... ethans_momma06

While this has good intentions behind it, I don't see it working. For one reason im particular- this will show kids just how long it will take for ANY change to take effect. And most teenagers don't say 'Hey I want to be a tweaker'. They say 'Yeah sure, I'd love to TRY that,' or 'Sure it's just one time'. And by the time that your child has reached a point where this sort of campaing IS relevant to them, then they are already so hooked to it that the last thing on their mind is their skin. Seriously.


I think programs like this really only keep the kids off drugs who werent very likely to do them in the first place and don't adress the real problem at all.

Cafe... Cafe Jenn

I agree with ethans_momma06.  I'm not sure this will do anything. 

I think the key is parents talking to their children and keeping an open dialog with their kids.  In our schools they've already talked about drugs in kindergarten which is a bit surprising for me but it's a good way to get the word out to those kids whose parents don't care.

Peajewel Peajewel

I too agree with ethans_momma06 and Cafe Jenn

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