Faces from the Rehabs.com campaign
Oh my gaaaaaawd, you guyyyyyssss, there ARE zombies walking the Earth, but they're not really zombies. They're methamphetamine addicts. They just look like zombies. And it's so horrible and awful and tragic that people get hooked on this drug. In fact, meth usage is on the rise. Can you believe it?!! Which is why Rehabs.com has put out another "faces of meth" anti-drug ad campaign to deter people from using this monster drug.
This isn't the first time we've seen these "faces of meth" ads, which were conceived of in 2004 by Deputy Bret King in the sheriff's office in Multnomah County, Oregon. King decided to document the extreme changes he was seeing in the appearance of meth users who came in and out of his office.
King, who shows the local high school kids these photos, says: "I ask the students at schools to look at these people and think about their actions, otherwise that could end up being you." Shudder.
It's really sad to think that meth usage has actually increased in the meanwhile. Hard to believe anyone could look at these faces and want to try meth or even think about meth! Here is some of the physical damage meth usage can cause:
- "Meth mouth." Many of the people in these photos have mouths that are hanging slightly agape, due to tooth decay and the typical "grinding" of someone on meth.
- Wounds and open sores. Users are often itchy and hallucinate that there are bugs under their skin, so they keep scratching at themselves, and they're so sick, they never heal.
- Gaunt. People on meth lose their appetites and stop eating, so eventually the body begins attacking itself in order to get nutrients.
The only guaranteed way to avoid becoming a meth addict is to never once use meth, which is incredibly addictive. After that, rehab is really the only way, and meth is one of the toughest drugs to kick. My heart goes out to the men, women, and teens addicted to this drug, as well as their families. They must be in hell.
If the faces of these poor souls don't get someone never to try the drug, I honestly don't know what will -- it's that disturbing!
Do these images shock you? Have you known anyone on meth?
Image via Rehabs.com