Ten years ago, The Oregonian published eight people’s mugshots as part of a story on the Faces of Meth, an anti-drug campaign based in Portland.

The campaign, which launched in 2004, used side-by-side, before-and-after mugshots of those who frequented Multnomah County Jail, usually on methamphetamine-related charges. Their photos showed in shocking clarity the devastating effects of the drug — blistered faces, severe weight loss, missing teeth, extreme aging within a matter of months.

The Faces of Meth campaign proved to be life changing for those featured in it. Their mugs circulated nationwide — on posters, in schoolbooks and on the Web — as the campaign gained traction.

In the story to be published Saturday on OregonLive.com and Sunday in The Oregonian, we bring you up to date on the people whose faces defined the campaign. Where are they now? How did their lives unfold over the past 10 years? How did Faces of Meth affect them?

Join us here on OregonLive.com on Tuesday to hear from the Faces of Meth campaign’s creator, Deputy Bret King, and one of men featured in the campaign, Glenn Lagrew. King will answer your questions from 12-12:45 p.m. Lagrew will answer questions from 1 p.m. to 1:45 p.m. Reporter Kasia Hall will also be available to answer questions.

For Bret King, the sheriff’s deputy who created the compilations, the mugshots held the promise of deterring youths from trying the drug or compelling them to stop using it. We talk to him again and explore how his campaign unfolded over the years and what he’s doing with it now.

A decade since the campaign debuted, some of the faces are in prison, some still can’t shake their demons and some are clean. But all can agree that the Faces of Meth campaign weighed heavily on their lives.

Read The Oregonian’s original story on “The Faces of Meth” from 2004 and its Pulitzer-finalist investigation “Unnecessary Epidemic.”













  1. Simon says:

    One thing that’s bothered me for some time about the before/after campaign is how people only pay attention to the Hollywood Herman Munster after picture. It’s incredibly misleading.The before picture is just as if not even more scary because they’re soulless on dope, up for days on end, doing really bad things for who knows how many years before they’re brain and face began to give out. It’d be a lot easier to cure an epidemic if you could see it coming before it’s too late. Bloody hell, half the people on this website look slightly similar to the Faces gallery but look more like they could work for McDonalds or possibly even fly a plane. I think the Gulf of Mexico and all it’s inhabitants might agree with me.

    That being said, I hope they’re all better leading sane and healthy lives (even those previously having worked on the Deepwater Horizon).