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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