From Drugs to Mugs: Shocking before and after images show the cost of drug addiction

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These shocking before and after images reveal the effects of drug addiction on the human face. ‘From Drugs to Mugs’ is the follow up to the controversial 2004 ‘Faces of Meth’ release which highlighted the effects of methamphetamine use.

Released in the hope that they will make kids think twice about ever touching drugs, the pictures show how addicts have lost teeth and scratched their skin to the bone.

Picture: Methamphetamines user first pictured in 2001, left, and then in 2008

Picture: Multnomah County Sheriff’s Office / Barcroft USA

 

These photographs show the first arrest of a drug user partnered up with a picture taken in some cases only a few months later.

They have been put together by the Multnomah County Sheriff’s Office in the US state of Oregon and now include users of all hard drugs including cocaine, heroin and meth.

Picture: Methamphetamines user from January 2008, left, and again in August 2008

Picture: Multnomah County Sheriff’s Office / Barcroft USA

 

“Faces of Meth went round the world, it caused revulsion and captured people’s imagination,” said deputy Bret King, 45, who was instrumental in putting together the original Faces of Meth project in 2004.

“As I was putting together the project and touring the country trying to highlight the effects of meth on people, I had a nagging feeling that I knew I wasn’t bringing the whole picture to people’s attention. Every single person I booked and interviewed who was not just a meth addict but a heroin user or a coke-head had started on some seemingly innocent drug like alcohol or cannabis.”

Picture: Methamphetamines user in 1997 and 2008, right.

Picture: Multnomah County Sheriff’s Office / Barcroft USA

Faced with an endemic drug problem in the north west of the United States, the Multnomah Sheriff’s Office has also produced a heart-wrenching educational documentary to aid in its fight against young people turning to drugs.

Expanding their presentation which is to be aired in high schools across America, deputy King and his team interviewed 300 adult inmates at Multnomah County’s Inverness Jail.

Picture: Heroin and Cocaine user. Left image taken in 2003 and right image taken in 2007

Picture: Multnomah County Sheriff’s Office / Barcroft USA

 

“We estimate that out of the 2,000 or so inmates here over half have tried and used hard drugs,” said King.

The average age of those surveyed claimed they tried their first drugs or alcohol at the age of 12, with many saying their first drug experience was initiated by a member of the family.

Picture: Methamphetamines user from May 2000 and November 2000

Picture: Multnomah County Sheriff’s Office / Barcroft USA

 

“We want everyone, not just high school kids to look at these pictures and to be shocked,” said King. “People think that drug enforcement and the battle against drugs is a bit blasé and boring but it isn’t. Everyone should be reminded of the dangers of drugs, especially when so many casually take them.”

Picture: Methamphetamines user, left image taken in 2000 and right image from 2007

Picture: Multnomah County Sheriff’s Office / Barcroft USA

Methamphetamines user. Left image taken in February 2005 and right image taken in December 2005

Picture: Multnomah County Sheriff’s Office / Barcroft USA

Methamphetamines user. Left image taken in 1997 and right image taken in 2007

Picture: Multnomah County Sheriff’s Office / Barcroft USA

Heroin user. Left image taken in 2003 and right image taken in 2007

Picture: Multnomah County Sheriff’s Office / Barcroft USA

Methamphetamines user. Left image taken in 2007 and right image taken in 2008

Picture: Multnomah County Sheriff’s Office / Barcroft USA

Methamphetamines user. Left image taken in 2006 and right image taken in 2008

Picture: Multnomah County Sheriff’s Office / Barcroft USA

Methamphetamines user. Left image taken in 2000 and right image taken in 2004

Picture: Multnomah County Sheriff’s Office / Barcroft USA

Methamphetamines user. Left image taken in 2003 and right image taken in 2006

Picture: Multnomah County Sheriff’s Office / Barcroft USA

Methamphetamines user. Left image taken in 2005 and right image taken in 2008

Picture: Multnomah County Sheriff’s Office / Barcroft USA

Methamphetamines user. Left image taken in 2000 and right image taken in 2007

Picture: Multnomah County Sheriff’s Office / Barcroft USA

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