Faces of Meth

Many of them are already lost to the powerful and tragic effects of drug addiction.

But if ever there was a way of preventing future generations from falling under the grip of illegal drugs, it is these shocking images.

New pictures released by an American police force show the horrific effects of methamphetamine abuse.

Shocking: New pictures released by an American police force show the horrific effects of methamphetamine use over a number of years

Shocking: New pictures released by an American police force show the horrific effects of methamphetamine use over a number of years

 
Shocking: New pictures released by an American police force show the horrific effects of methamphetamine use over a number of yearsHarmful: Meth’s use has a strong association with depression and suicide as well as heart disease, psychosis, violent behaviour and anxiety
 
Tragic: Over just a matter of months - and in some cases weeks - eyes become sunken, skin becomes paler and blotchy marks appearTragic: Over just a matter of months – and in some cases weeks – eyes become sunken, skin becomes paler and blotchy marks appear
 
Ruined: Most tragic of all is the look of sadness and despair on the ruined faces of those whose lives have been wrecked by the drugRuined: Most tragic of all is the look of sadness and despair on the ruined faces of those whose lives have been wrecked by the drug
 
Preventative: The Multnomah County Sheriff department in Oregon, U.S., has released the images in the hope that it will make children think twice before ever touching the lethal drug
 
 
 
 

Preventative: The Multnomah County Sheriff department in Oregon, U.S., has released the images in the hope that it will make children think twice before ever touching the lethal drug

Over just a matter of months – and in some cases weeks – eyes become sunken, skin becomes paler and blotchy marks appear.

Most tragic of all is the look of sadness and despair on the ruined faces of those whose lives have been wrecked by the drug.

The Multnomah County Sheriff department in Oregon, U.S., has released the images in the hope that it will make children think twice before ever touching the lethal drug.

The department has run a series of hard-hitting campaigns over the past decade as it attempts to cope with an endemic drug problem in the north west of the U.S.

 
 
Campaigning: The police force was instrumental in putting together the controversial 2004 'Faces of Meth' campaign which was shown around the worldCampaigning: The police force was instrumental in putting together the controversial 2004 ‘Faces of Meth’ campaign which was shown around the world
 
Dangerous: Meth is known for being highly addictive. The drug increases alertness, concentration, energy, and in high doses, can induce euphoria, enhance self-esteem and increase libidoDangerous: Meth is known for being highly addictive. The drug increases alertness, concentration, energy, and in high doses, can induce euphoria, enhance self-esteem and increase libido
 
 
 
 
 
Hard-hitting: The department has run a series of campaigns over the past decade as it attempts to cope with an endemic drug problem which has affected the north west of the U.SHard-hitting: The police department has run a series of campaigns over the past decade as it attempts to cope with an endemic drug problem which has affected the north west of the U.S
Horrific: Users of the drug are known to lose their teeth very quickly - known as meth mouthHorrific: Users of the drug are known to lose their teeth very quickly – known as meth mouth
Increasing: In the 1980s, drug counsellors saw an increased abuse of the drug among men who had sex with menIncreasing: In the 1980s, drug counsellors saw an increased abuse of the drug among men who had sex with men

The police force was instrumental in putting together the controversial 2004 ‘Faces of Meth’ campaign which was shown around the world.

Last year, the force also released a series of images called ‘From Drugs to Mugs’ .

They showed the first arrest of a drug user together with a picture taken just months later.

Government data suggests more than 10million Americans have used meth, with around one per cent of users being pregnant women.

 
 
 
Powerful: By the 1990s, new versions of the drug were reported to be six times stronger then previouslyPowerful: By the 1990s, new versions of the drug were reported to be six times stronger then previously
 
Widespread: By 2000, in much of the Western U.S and inland northwest, meth was the favoured hard drug for usersWidespread: By 2000, in much of the Western U.S and inland northwest, meth was the favoured hard drug for users
Problems: States like Montana, South Dakota, Idaho, Colorado and Arizona have all been heavily affected by meth useProblems: States like Montana, South Dakota, Idaho, Colorado and Arizona have all been heavily affected by meth use
Harmful: The drug initially creates feelings of euphoria and invincibility, but experts say repeated abuse can alter brain chemistry and sometimes cause schizophrenia-like behaviour

Harmful: The drug initially creates feelings of euphoria and invincibility, but experts say repeated abuse can alter brain chemistry and sometimes cause schizophrenia-like behaviour

Social problems: The drug is the top contributor to violent crimes and thefts in many towns and cities

Social problems: The drug is the top contributor to violent crimes and thefts in many towns and cities

Meth is known for being highly addictive. The drug increases alertness, concentration, energy, and in high doses, can induce euphoria, enhance self-esteem and increase libido.

Its use has a strong association with depression and suicide as well as heart disease, psychosis, violent behaviour and anxiety.

Users of the drug are known to lose their teeth very quickly – known as meth mouth.

Methamphetamine originally took root in California’s agricultural heartland in the late 1980s and early 1990s as a poor man’s cocaine.

 
 
 
 
Affected: Scientists also recently revealed that children whose mothers use crystal meth during pregnancy will be more prone to anxiety, depression and moodiness in later life
 

Affected: Scientists also recently revealed that children whose mothers use crystal meth during pregnancy will be more prone to anxiety, depression and moodiness in later life

 
Sad: Government data suggests more than 10million Americans have used meth, with around one per cent of users being pregnant womenSad: Government data suggests more than 10million Americans have used meth, with around one per cent of users being pregnant women
 
 
Faces of Meth: Before and After
 
 
Faces of Meth: Before and After
 
Faces of Meth: Before and After

By the 1990s, new versions of the drug were reported to be six times stronger then previously.

By 2000, in much of the Western U.S and inland northwest, meth was the favoured hard drug for users.

States like Montana, South Dakota, Idaho, Colorado and Arizona have all been heavily affected by the drug use.

The drug initially creates feelings of euphoria and invincibility, but experts say repeated abuse can alter brain chemistry and sometimes cause schizophrenia-like behaviour.

 
Faces of Meth: Before and After
 
Faces of Meth: Before and After
 
Faces of Meth: Before and After
 
Faces of Meth: Before and After
 
Faces of Meth: Before and After

Meth’s availability and its potential for abuse combine to create the biggest drug threat in the Central Valley, according to a report from the U.S. Department of Justice’s Drug Intelligence Center.

Most law enforcement agencies don’t keep statistics on how many homicides, burglaries and thefts are meth-related, but those responding to the National Drug Intelligence Center’s 2011 survey said the drug is the top contributor to violent crimes and thefts.

‘It drives more crime than other drugs do. Meth is in its own category, because it’s so much more addictive than other drugs,’ said Fresno County Sheriff Margaret Mims.

Scientists also recently revealed that children whose mothers use crystal meth during pregnancy will be more prone to anxiety, depression and moodiness in later life.

 
Faces of Meth: Before and After
 
Faces of Meth: Before and After
 
Faces of Meth: Before and After
 
Faces of Meth: Before and After
 
Faces of Meth: Before and After

So-called ‘meth babies’ are also more likely to weigh much less when they are born and suffer from drowsiness and stress in their formative years.

Researcher Linda La Gasse said the combination meant they were at higher risk of developing serious behavioural problems than other children.

But while there was certain similarities to ‘crack babies’, whose mothers consumed crack cocaine while pregnant, ‘meth babies’ could be in greater danger.

This was because, she said, meth has a strong effect on the brain and is therefore more likely to have longer-lasting effects in children.

The first study to look at methamphetamine’s potential effects was conducted by Brown University’s Centre of the Study of Children at Risk.

 
Faces of Meth: Before and After
 
Faces of Meth: Before and After
 
Faces of Meth: Before and After
 
Faces of Meth: Before and After
 
Faces of Meth: Before and After

Government data suggests there are 100,000 pregnant women snorting, swallowing or injecting the highly addictive euphoria-inducing drug across the U.S.

Joseph Frascella, head of the National Institute on Drug Abuse’s behavioural division, said the research was ‘groundbreaking’.

But because the study is a first, the results should be viewed cautiously and need to be repeated, he said.

A total of 330 children, from aged three to five, were tracked in the Midwest and West, areas where meth use is most common.

Mothers were recruited shortly after giving birth in Des Moines, Iowa; Honolulu, Los Angeles, and Tulsa, Oklahoma.

Faces of Meth: Before and After
 
 
 
Faces of Meth: Before and After
 
Faces of Meth: Before and After
 
Faces of Meth: Before and After

They were asked about prenatal meth use and newborns’ stools were tested for evidence of the drug.

Effects in children exposed to the drug were compared with those whose mothers did not use meth.

Both groups were high-risk children, with many living in disadvantaged homes.

Mothers or other caregivers completed a widely used checklist asking how often children showed many kinds of troublesome behaviour.

 
Faces of Meth: Before and After
 
Faces of Meth: Before and After
 
Faces of Meth: Before and After
 
Faces of Meth: Before and After
 
Preventative: The Multnomah County Sheriff department in Oregon, U.S., has released the images in the hope that it will make children think twice before ever touching the lethal drug

At three-years-old cores for anxiety, depression and moodiness were slightly higher in meth-users’ children.

These differences persisted at age five.

The older children who had been exposed to meth also had more aggression and attention problems similar to ADHD, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder.

Mothers were asked about symptoms, but not if their children had ever been diagnosed with behaviour disorders.

More than half of the mothers who had used meth during pregnancy also used it afterwards. These women also were more likely to use other drugs during and after pregnancy and to be single mothers.

But the researchers said accounting for those differences and others in the two groups’ family lives did not change the results.

 
Faces of Meth: Before and AfterFaces of Meth: Before and After
 
Faces of Meth: Before and After
 

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2138407/The-faces-despair-Shocking-images-meth-addicts-reveal-devastating-effects-dangerous-drug.html

Comments
  1. amber nicole says:

    this is sick, ppl should be ashamed of there self. i would never allow myself to get sooo bad off. GROSS!

    • Mari says:

      Amber do you ever think that maybe just maybe some of these people said the same thing you just did? Some people have very addictive personalties. Like some of these others say it only took them once and they were addicted. Do you drink, smoke drink coffee its a addiction just like the other things I have mentioned. Please don’t judge that is not ours to do. would you turn your back on your brother or sister or would you help?
      mrz

      • Yeah but why would you even try it just once? Why would you make friends who would offer you these drugs and why would you take them even just to try it out once? Curiosity is not a good enough reason. (Oh and no I don’t drink, smoke, or drink coffee because I have an addictive personality as well.) We are judging because why would you get mixed up in that stuff in the first place? It’s just stupid. Therefore, you would be stupid to try it.

      • jrdunfee says:

        Please. If coffee did that to me, I wouldn’t drink it. Addictive personality aside, we have to judge. It’s in our nature. You judge me the same as them because I drink coffee. If that’s what you think, then I judge you to be of poor judgment.

      • Mike says:

        I would judge them on the fact that they have no personal responsibility.

      • zFashionizta says:

        If my family, friends or mate were stupid enough to get into drugs, YES, I would turn my back on them!

      • zFashionizta says:

        If coffee or cigarettes did this to people those industries would go out of business.

      • DOUGLAS says:

        mari… SHUT UP! DID YOU THINK THAT MAYBE, JUST MAYBE THE CAUSE IS CHOOSING TO DO THE SH*t IN THE FIRST PLACE? IF THEY HAVE ADDICTIVE PERSONALITIES THEN THEY SHOULD HAVE CHOSEN TO NEVER DO WHATEVER THEY CHOSE TO DO! I’LL JUDGE 24/7, THOSE PPL HAVE NO ONE TO BLAME BUT THEMSELVES.

      • Sorry Mari but Amber is of the “me” generation and would turn her back on anyone.

    • stupid woman, no one would choose to look like this would they, drugs are a way of escaping reality a way of numbing the pain, and for that short time you are under the influence you have a little respite from what ever led to the point in your life where you felt you’d give drugs a go, so when you come down and reality kicks in again why wouldn’t you want to go back to the euphoric state that the drug induced and there usually starts the addiction. Don’t judge people like you do you have no idea what has happened in their lives which that has brought them to the point where the only reason they live is for that next high. Its not a pretty site and it certainly isn’t usually a solution but what is needed is care, understanding and resources to help. Not bloody condemnation!!

      • Judi says:

        If you ever get the chance go on youtube, look up a video titled “Crystal in Oklahoma.” There you foind a young man, probably 18 who claimed to be at a party with friends when some man pulled out a pipe and a pistol, some how is individual wound up having a gun held to his head and was told “if you don’t smoke this, I will plow you head off.” The people that manufactor this drug will stop at nothing to hook their next victim. They are looking for goodlooking, charismatic, social butterfly type young men and women to push their drugs. They pray primiarily on those that are vunerlable, those from single parent homes, those that are looking for acceptence and despirate for attention. I once felt the same way too until it touched my home, family member, my younger brother. “Judge not lest the be Judged.” Mathew 7: 1-3

      • Truth Time says:

        Enough with the false compassion, empathy, understanding and other assorted enabling excuses. It is the responsibility of each person to choose and decide the course of their lives. These people choose to hide from the reality and truth of themselves in a known poisonously addictive toxin. They know the risks. I have been a long term drug abuser of weed. I mean I was a junkie for the stuff for twenty years. It took my brutal honesty with myself to acknowledge I was my own worst enemy and then a concerted effort of my own willpower and self control to face up to life.
        Life is hard for all of us in some way or other. Resorting to drugs does not help us to improve our outlook or situation. We ourselves are responsible for and capable of managing our own paths and misplaced sympathy and compassion for morbidly addictive fools does nothing positive at all to help them.
        Tough times demand tough measures.
        Tell the addicts the truth. THEY ARE DESTRUCTIVE TO THEMSELVES. THEY ARE THE PROBLEM WITH THEIR LIVES. THEY NEED TO MAKE THE EFFORT TO CHANGE THEIR FUTURE.
        Sympathy and compassion is useless here.
        The most of these crack heads already had the thousand yard stare in the before shots anyway.
        They are looking for a way out of their miserable existence.

      • Michael says:

        In reply to Truth Time: Marijuana is not physically addictive like crystal meth is. You may have PSYCHOLOGICALLY DEPENDENT, but you were not physically addicted; trust me, there is a HUGE difference.

      • zFashionizta says:

        Bad things happen to ALL (some people have been dealt a really crappy hand) but unless you just came out of a cave you know what drug use can cause, so if you need to relax eat some chocolate and take a nap.

    • tommyblaze says:

      I love methh!!! I been upp 3 dayys nd im still soo fresh and soo clean!

    • Anastassia says:

      Wow! Judgemental much?! Go learn some basic psychology before you go around judging people whom you have never met in your life dear.

    • Lili Ville says:

      You might not be on any drugs but something has eaten away your gray matter. Or you just never learned how to write with proper grammar. To give you a hint on why they did what they did…it’s called addiction. Look it up.

      • zFashionizta says:

        Addiction is a choice (unless you were born addicted, then that you can blame on your parents)!

    • Ed Jones - says:

      I’ve seen these pictures of the “Faces of Meth” hundreds of times before going into recovery for my addiction to crystal meth, but I never looked at the reply’s at the bottom of the web pages…I know this reply is almost 2 years old But when you write…

      “this is sick, ppl should be ashamed of there self. i would never allow myself to get sooo bad off. GROSS!”

      Now is that also what you would say to yourself as you saw someone in a wheelchair with some mental disorder like Cerberal Palsy???? Would you say “this is sick, ppl should be ashamed of there self. i would never allow myself to get sooo bad off. GROSS!” Of course not! Instead of criticizing things you don’t know about, maybe become informed that some things have mental illness attached to it. That an addict has something in his/her brain that triggers reactions to stress, coping and other things differently. An excellent source is one that I found recently below. It’s a DISEASE!!!! it is simply a reward system just like the fat people that go to McD’s 5 times a week…no different, just you don’t go to jail eating McD’s 5 times a week…but you have the same end result… a premature death. Do you say that as well to people coming out of McD’s that are obese…I know some do…

      I think they should have a website for “Guts of Processed Food Addicts” and do the same thing with obese people that a few years prior were not obese. They are addicted to food, sugar, processed food, but they don’t end up in mugshots like a person addicted to crystal. Their are millions of children today taken a lesser form, less addicting than crystal called Adderall. 6% of those people become addicts, just like 6% become addicted to other things.,,I think there is a book on this called “Higher Power” that talks about addiction (IDK someone told me to read it but haven’t yet) But there are others, that are socially acceptable such as Internet addiction (I am writing this to you because I should be working as I am an IA) that more people suffer than 6% as well as food – look at all the fat people now….JEEZ!!! 30% obese… But you see, being fat is not against the law and is “socially accepted” There are not lobbyists in Washington pushing for “MORE METH” but they are pushing changing the labels of foods that used to say “imitation” this because it would not sell if it did…just read any of Micheal Pollack’s books and see what I mean by that statement.

      GET INFORMED…BIATCH!

      The first article I point to is about Philip Seymour Hoffman and it is an interesting perspective to addiction, recovery, slips, and full blown addiction again. So instead of judging these people as sick individuals vs. feeling sorry for a child that you see that is mentally challenged in a wheelchair from cerebral palsy, realize you should treat them the same, with caring and pray that they can get help for their ILLNESS – and if you don’t think it is – well doctors say otherwise.

      As a recovering crystal meth, sex and love, Internet addict (and btw, I took meth for a few years and my teeth did not fall out and my skin actually looked a lot better. My allergies went away and I learned that I have ADHD because of my addiction to crystal. I now take Welbutrin that helps with my ADHD – when I started taking too much crystal and the loss of the little dopamine I had in my system changed my personality. I came to this site to look and see my future, but never responded to comments from the peanut gallery… until now…

      I exercise, eat right, and take things to increase my dopamine naturally… and I sought help… I hope meth addicts reading this can just seek help, go to a meeting because you can’t do this alone and just look at the fat people coming out of McD’s and realize they are addicts too… it is just theirs are more “socially acceptable” than crystal, but will suffer potentially the same fate as their lives can be cut short…so give it a try. and also if you have tried and failed in the past…don’t look at it as a failure, it is part of your recovery.

      What was cool is learning about slips as it relates to recovery as I am an addict and always will be and the unfortunate death of truly a brilliant actor, Phillip Seymour Hoffman – a psychologist wrote the following on the subject:

      http://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/all-about-addiction/201402/shame-us-shaming-hoffman

      Here are a couple articles that may help you if you are having issues with crystal meth:

      http://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/all-about-addiction/201004/add-and-adhd-medications-lessons-crystal-meth-experiment

      http://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/all-about-addiction/201005/crystal-meth-withdrawal-not-heroin-not-easy

      I hope these may offer you some hope!

      So… between your post saying …. “oooooooooo” ‘kooooodiees” sick mo fo’s … I respond… NO NO NO NO NO!!!! – offer help!

      I don’t believe in God, but I believe in a Higher Power as the 12 steps suggest… but I “try” to live by a single principle and that is to “help people… and if I can’t help them … then I at least try not to hurt them” as you do because of your ignorance to this matter.

      Addiction is more than drugs… it is just a reward system of dopamine gone a muck… that’s all. What got people to take maybe social pressure, stress or whatever, but just like the food addict, the crystal addict has to get help.

      “It’s the dopamine … DOPE..” that is what I say, whenever triggered… breathe and carry on… works for me ;)

      • MD says:

        You don’t believe in GOD?
        Haha! I hope you believe in the devil because he’ll be raping you in HELL FOR ETERNITY!
        No wonder you’re a disgusting druggie, you follow satan instead of GOD
        BURN IN HELL, DRUGGIE!
        My middle finger to you, you scumbag!

      • Michael says:

        In reply to MD: You’re a useless person. You should respect people’s beliefs or lack thereof, just as you would expect someone to do for your unfortunately-popular system of beliefs. Go die in a hole.

      • zFashionizta says:

        Your comparison to cerebral palsy is ignorant, no one make themselves get a “real disease” like cerebral palsy while drug use is a choice, you cannot become drug addicted unless you use drugs (only exception is if you were born drug addicted).

      • Shane says:

        @EdJones—-DO NOT compare Meth addicted people to people who have an an actual disease. I have an incurable disease—I didn’t CHOOSE to get it. You guys on Meth CHOSE to use it. It’s not the same thing whatsoever. You guys can stop using at any time with some help. I, on the other hand, don’t have that luxury. I will be sick and die from this illness because there is no one who can help me. I would give anything to have the health you guys had before using this crap. What a waste of life.

      • zFashionizta says:

        FYI: it was recently reported that there is no such thing as a sex addiction, those are just people with high libidos.

      • Me and my big mouth. says:

        I take it you are a meth addict yourself, or a recovering one, therefore the feelings of anger when someone comments on the effects of the drug on a person’s overall appearance. I am glad that these photos are available to show to my children, so I can educate them on the effects of this drug on their appearance and their mental state. As for food, it was made for human consumption, and I would rather look at a fat person than at a person who’s skin is being eaten away by this drug. I too, believe in a higher power which is God, and someday we all will stand before him and have to answer for all the things we did in life. One thing I can say is I never tried this kind of drug and never will.

    • Michael Kinnaman says:

      That is what I said, and then that was me.

      • zFashionizta says:

        My heart goes out to you. You are an exception to the case, you turned to drugs because some awful adults exposed you to them at a very young age and abused you in many ways.
        The best way to show them that they didn’t beat you down and that you are not weak is to never abuse drugs or alcohol ever again. (BIG HUG)
        Stay Strong & Stay Beautiful!

        FYI: The scum of the earth who did this to you should be reported to the authorities.

      • zFashionizta says:

        WHOA, MD! The things you said on not very “Christian (add whatever religion you want to put here)” are they?
        You sound like one of those radical religious crazies who commit the worst horrific atrocities in the world in the name of GOD.

    • OK so I love a good debate. And I’m going to eat a lot of you people up.

      So Amber the first thing is you should know to capitalize the first letter of your first and last name. Also capitalize the first letter of a sentence. Remarkably you were able to capitalize gross. When you are old enough to know these things you will probably then be old enough to understand this topic. But it’s a crap shoot.

  2. Tempest Childers says:

    Yes they are sick. Pray your child does not grow up to do this. Remember it can happen to you and your family.

    • zFashionizta says:

      You don’t need to pray for your child not to use drugs, what should be done is to tell them to be Strong because only a weak person would turn to drugs, Educate them about the perils of drug use and alcohol abuse and show them these pictures!

  3. peter says:

    its coming to get u!!! the first triggers the second and its off to mardigras. u wouldnt drink drano would u??? stick to weed, leave the chemicals in the toilet. im clean and not sticking around for round 2. fuck that!!!

    • KC says:

      Right on, Peter. Love that: “Leave the chemicals in the toilet.” Synthetics–even synthetic and some hydroponic weed–are evil. A hospital radiologist who gives mammograms recently told me that chemically altered weed is giving men breasts (like “man boobs”!) and some of these guys have to get mammograms because they’re getting breast cancer-type stuff. She’s seeing FIVE cases a week of man boobs. Out of control.

  4. lakia hanson says:

    my dad was involved and he went to prison when i was 12 i am now going on twenty 1 and he has only seen me and his only grandson 1 times i barley remember him, my youngest sister was4 it dosent only hrut the user it hurts everyone

  5. sherry says:

    may God bless you all

  6. tom lucas says:

    Maybe you who say gross and you will never be that way should pray for those faces none of them seamed to be happy or look like they were living very well. What is happening with the hearts of everyone addicts and those who point a finger and judge both, shouldn’t we all feel for anyone suffering or not. Just wanting people to keep in mind they are human beings that don’t seam to have anything real like most of us do. It looks to me like a life of hell. I hope this touches just even one person and they find within themselves that these are people that are for whatever reason are in living hell. I see these faces and I pray for them and I count my blessings and thank God I am not one of them. And I pray for them and those that are looking. Thank You for your time heart and thought.

    • paul says:

      thanks tom 4 ur caring and understanding.ive been down many bad raods in the past including this one.i truly believe it is the very worst drug on the planet.ive seen it absolutely devastate many good people.it is very disheartening how so many r so quick 2 judge.im clean an sober now.i had to leave the girl I loved because she apperantly loved the drug more than me.i want to hate her for that but there is no time to hate.all I can do is pray for her an hope one day she will c the light.all the people who r so quick to judge try to understand that addiction is not a weakness but a sickness an yes these people in the pictures r real..good people with a very bad problem.do not judge them,just pray for them and try to find it in ur hearts to have just just a little compassion for those less fortunate regardless of the how or why.thanku for taking the time to read this.

      • Melissa says:

        I completely concur Paul.
        I myself have/do use, and being judged by randoms definitely doesn’t make me (or most) want to seek help. Sights like these are supposed to offer awareness after all; this isn’t tumblr or instagram. This isn’t one of the usual “trolling” sites. Besides, not everyone who does drugs is some complete moron with an IQ of 5. I am a successful college student who has been using for four months. Who knows when I’ll hit rock bottom, but until then the mean-spirited judgement of others is the very last thing that can make me want to quit.

    • zFashionizta says:

      They don’t look happy in the before photo because those are mugshots.

  7. Sonya says:

    The pull of addiction is so very strong, stronger than many of us would like to think. We need to keep these poor folks and their families in our prayers. Just by the grace of God it isn’t us in those shoes. Before we condemn these poor folks we need to remember that just maybe they are so deep in the abyss of addiction they feel they don’t deserve any better life than the one they are stuck in. My family has been touched by addiction as I suspect many of our families have and I feel sorry for the folks in this situation. If you happen to be one of them, just remember all you have to do is to have 2 or more pray for relief from the pain and sorrow of this crippling disease and have faith and God will answer your prayer. I know from experience that’s all you need is prayer and faith and God will certainly see you through any storm you are weathering, even when you feel you deserve no better He knows better and He will bring you through it all the wiser.

    • Mari says:

      Amen, and way to go keep up the good work Sonya ,Devon, Trish and Rebecca and anyone else I missed. You are all encouragement that there is hope for these lost souls. Please keep up the good work of letting people know the struggles you go thru this will help us all have faith and strength and knowledge on this. I hope your sharing gives someone out there to know that there is help and a way to come back from where they are.
      .God Bless you all I will keep you in my prayers.

    • You people believe in a God that would let this kind of stuff happen to us? I don’t understand it.

      • gitchie says:

        We believe in a God that allows free will. With that free will we are allowed to make our own choices. That does not mean that these people shouldn’t be prayed for. I hope you never have an addiction or a loved one who does. Karma is a bitch.

      • jessi causey says:

        We cant blame god for everything. It hurts my heart to hear people question,,doubt and not believe in HIM. He didnt make people use drugs.the person that mentioned free will is exactly right. He gave us the ability and sense to make our own decisions. If we choose to do drugs,then it all on us. Im doubting that some of these people are praying for strength and courage to just say no! Totally not gods fault.j

      • Rachel says:

        God didn’t do this, satan did.

      • KC says:

        Revelation 18:23: “…and the light of a lamp will not shine in you any longer; and the voice of the bridegroom and bride will not be heard in you any longer; for your merchants were the great men of the earth, because all the nations were deceived by your sorcery.” (Sorcery in biblical translation is “pharmakeia,” or drug making).”

        They don’t call meth the “devil’s breath” for nothing, people. It is not of God, but God is the only one powerful enough to break the chain once enslaved. See: AA Step 2. God bless.

    • mary ann says:

      amen to that.I’m living testimonythat prayerand loving family members that don’t judge will help you through this.seeing these pictureshave done more for me to open my eyes and see better than a rehab.addiction to anythingis very powerful.a lot of us are in denial about being addicted ,saying we have it under control
      but in reality its controls us.the only addiction I will not give up is chocolate I am a certifiedchocoholic

  8. JAMIE says:

    THIS IS A HORRIFIC WAY TO DIE
    PPL PLEASE TAKE A LONG LOOK @ THESE FACES
    AND THINK TWICE BEFORE EVER BEING TEMPTED TO TRY ANY DRUGS
    WE ALL SAY “NEVER ME”, AND I’M SURE THAT’S WHAT THESE ADDICTS SAID
    LIFE IS TOO PRECIOUS TO “WASTE” AWAY
    I PRAY IT’S NOT TOO LATE FOR THE FOLKS IN THESE PICS
    MY PRAYERS GO OUT TO YOU AND YOUR FAMILIES

    MAY GOD BE WITH YOU ALL

    • Sandy says:

      No offense people but sometimes they look a little better after they use meth

    • zFashionizta says:

      GITCHIE, does everyone have free will? I guess we don’t, because when one of the addicts steals our stuff, mugs us or burns down our residence we we didn’t get a choice in the matter, did we?!.

      Also I don’t think you understand what karma is.

  9. pete says:

    Is it just me or are all these losers ugly bastards to begin with?

  10. Devon says:

    I was on meth for a year and can happily say I am relieved from that trap. It makes you forget your life. These people aren’t losers they are slaves and if you haven’t been there you wont understand… it takes 1 time of curiosity and believing you can control yourself to not getting addicted and thinking its a dumb thing you will try just once to forgetting you have a real life. Its swiped clean and all you know is meth. So maybe it’s best to know what your talking about first….

    • Mister Y says:

      let us know

    • JAMIE says:

      I’M SO PROUD OF YOU DEVON, AND YOU SHOULD GIVE URSELF A PAT ON THE BACK.
      I HOPE U R NEVER TEMPTED TO DO THIS HORRIFIC DRUG AGAIN. ALWAYS REMEMBER THAT THE PUSHER MAN DOESN’T CARE IF U LIVE OR DIE!!!!!

      • zFashionizta says:

        The ones that you should be tapping on the back are all those people who are strong and intelligent enough to never use drugs in the first place; they are the ones that we should be applauding!

    • That’s really quite terrifying but I would never try something so dangerous out of curiosity. Never. I don’t even like taking pain medications for pain! lol My mom did this stuff back in the day. It ruined her good looks. She used to be beautiful and now she looks 30 years older than she is and she’s missing her teeth. :(

    • gitchie says:

      Well said! Amen.

    • jrdunfee says:

      They are losers, just like I was when I did it. It’s up to them to stop being a loser. I was (barely) strong enough to stop after 2 1/2 years, and I’m happy you were strong enough to stop. That doesn’t change the fact that every aspect of their habit is now unacceptable.

  11. Megan says:

    As I look at these horrible pictures, I have a hard time feeling sorry for these people. We are free to choose the directions our lives take, and these people made the wrong choice. I have had a few people in my life go down that road. Good people from good families. Educated, smart people. The dangers of meth use are no secret. They chose to poison there bodies over and over again until they were hooked, knowing the possible outcome. I don’t feel sorry for them. I feel for the families they leave behind. They could have said no, they could have walked away. They could have saved their loved ones all the lies, stealing, and heartache. My son lost his father to this ugliness. He is not dead, but he might as well be. :(

    • Mister Y says:

      wow….my prayers are with you.

    • Jeff says:

      In a sense, yes, we do have a choice. But imagine for a second that choosing to use or not to use drugs felt the same as choosing to eat or not to eat. That is addiction. Your brain is rewired to think it needs this drug to survive. Just as you need food, water, shelter. For most people it takes more than willpower to get clean. There is no need to judge. Addicts deserve the same compassion and empathy as any other human being.

      • jrdunfee says:

        I chose to stop. It was that simple. Not easy, but simple.

      • zFashionizta says:

        I chose to never use drugs because even as a young girl before I saw photos like these on the Internet I saw what drug addicts looked like, I saw their behavior and the crimes they committed and although I grew up in a tough environment I was intelligent enough to realize that taking this route would not make things better they would be worse. So NO, I do not feel compassion for people who would do this to themselves, their family, loved ones, friends and their community. NO, I will never accept or believe that drug and alcohol addiction is a disease, it is an addiction caused by your own hand/will (UNLESS YOU WERE BORN DRUG ADDICTED or DRUGS WERE FORCED ON YOU WHEN YOU WERE A CHILD BY AN ADULT).

    • I am so sorry for you. That is horrible and I feel the same way. They chose to walk that path. Nobody forced them to. They knew the dangers and they did it anyway. So it’s nobody’s fault but their own. They are in prison for a reason.

    • Mm says:

      They could have walked away.. Its a taboo and a non-socially acceptable drug.. But ppl fall victim to alcoholism.. Or hard “cool” drugs.. Its a progression that unfolds, many times as a result of external circumstances. A person easily influenced is one thing, but you end up in a vulnerable situation after a tragedy or loss, weakness is bliss, as is strength.

    • simonmd says:

      I feel sorry for you. You really must be lacking in education, common sense, and empathy. You see a picture of a person and you automatically say such ignorant and hateful generalizations. It’s people like you that make this country of ours so toxic. Perhaps one of these people was given meth to them by a family member when they were a teenager. Maybe they suffer from some type of mental illness that they can not afford to treat. You say you know educated people that come from good families that have become addicts….. Did you know that it is a FAMILY disease as well. Everyone in the family needs help. Addiction is a disease and it is a selfish disease. People have to make the choice to get help. But don’t think this is just a life choice. These people have lost their way and for millions of different reasons drugs got a hold of them and they are sick NOT necessarily bad people. Sure there are some drug addicts that are bad people. They were bad with or without meth. But most of these people are very sick and need compassion and understanding and support to get the help they need. Let me tell you MEGAN… You need some help yourself. Why would any decent person come to this particular website just to make such a pathetic statement. Perhaps you are just uneducated or a sociopath. If that is the case then you deserve sympathy and help just as much as a drug/food/gambling/shopping/sex addict. If your son lost his father as you say…. and have this kind of perspective I can understand why you are angry. When I read your post I picture someone who is angry and not willing to get the help they need. I hope you do because addiction is a family disease and I am sorry for your loss. Practice random acts of kindness… It might heal your heart.

    • zFashionizta says:

      I agree with you 100%.
      My condolences to your son.

  12. Don Quixote says:

    I wish these pictures weren’t true but when you see it happen to someone close to you, like my ex-fiancee. I feel so helpless but so must she to even a deeper extent.

    • Mister Y says:

      i can’t believe this is really happening to people…humanity as a whole has taken too many steps in the wrong direction…i fear for our children and their children…i have no clue how mankind is going to save itself from what we call civilization and progress…obviously leading to destructive drugs and rotten yet breathing bodies walking around our communities…

  13. b says:

    It’s disgusting of all of you to lay back and judge these people. It is called an addiction because it is a struggle. You have absolutely NO idea what these people have gone through or are still going through.

    • No we don’t because we use our brains and say no to drugs. These people are in these situations due to bad choices. It is no one’s fault but their own. I know it’s sad because it can happen to anyone, but they chose to go down that path. Nobody forced them.

      • zFashionizta says:

        I agree with you Morgan.
        I know several people who are drug users and only 1 started using because of trauma, she was a sexually abused child (so in her case I am sympathetic and I encouraged her to quit because her addiction shows the pedophile that he won) but all the others started with pot and than progressed to stronger drugs, not because of a trauma, they all admitted that they just like getting high.

    • Truth Time says:

      Life is a struggle.
      The thing is we humans are designed to get through struggle. It’s how we got here. When someone willingly begins down this path they are giving up on the struggle and any amount of empathy or compassion is wasted on them.
      How about we all start telling the truth about this epidemic.
      The meth using population of the world is a disgrace. They have given up on life and chosen the cowards route to death. Rather than stay awake and cope with the struggle of life.
      The present world is a spoiled weak disgrace and this disgusting epidemic is a symptom of that weakness and decline.
      We are all in it together but some of us are taking up too much space.

      • there is no BUT after “we’re all in this together.”

      • simonmd says:

        Yet another angry know it all “recovered” addict. It is the drug that is evil not ALL the people who’s life and the lives of others have been destroyed by this disease. You must be very angry as a self proclaimed addict yourself to cast all this heartless banter now that you got “sober”. How very sad to come out of your own addiction with all this hate. My advice to you is go volunteer somewhere where you can help the less fortunate. It would do you a world of good. Because I bet you are a good person who is just angry. GOOD people suffer from addiction as much as bad people. I can tell you I have a sister that was an addict for 20+ years. She had some major trama in her teenage years and also suffered from bipolar disorder. She has been sober for almost 4 years now and to see what a beautiful person she became is amazing. Some of the best people in this world are addicts and I think they are some of the bravest loving people I have met. “Truth Time” says more about your own sickness then any of this dribble you posted on here. I hope you find some happiness. My sister was very angry for awhile too. Stop hating and try first being good to yourself and then try practicing random acts of kindness and find that happy person you deserve to be.

    • Ms Lee says:

      Are you experiencing this addiction too?

  14. Trish says:

    This will always be a debate, addiction is a disease vs. not. I have known addicts in active addiction and have seen some make it threw (still a daily struggle) and I have seen some gone too soon. I myself am an addict. I just have to much to say in this matter I could write a novel. So I’m going to keep it simple, not one person in this world is better then the next, we all bleed blood, we are all human. The reason for living is to give, help. Don’t judge.

    • Doc says:

      I would be very happy to hear more Trish!

    • Rebecca says:

      I am a recovering meth addict and all you people on here judging these lost souls have no idea what you are talking about. One person said they keep using until they are addicted and I say to you once is all it takes. The pull of addiction is more than any non addict can even imagine. And your very right when you say that once you do it nothing else in the world matters except meth. You think about it constantly and when it runs out you find more. Then you only hang out with other meth heads because your too paranoid to hang out with any one else. Then its always around you so when you hit your bottom you have to see it all the time but you don’t want to use but you have forgotten how to live with out using. Is a vicious cycle. Don’t judge because it kills people everyday and don’t hate the people because its their addiction causing them to act the way they do. The most you can do for them is pray and never give up even if you have to love then from far away.

      • JAMIE says:

        REBECCA
        I PRAY THAT U STAY CLEAN. I’M NOT AN ADDICT SO I DON’T KNOW HOW IT FEELS., SO I CAN’T NOR WOULD I EVER PASS JUDGEMENT. DRUG DEALERS ONLY CARE ABOUT THE $$$$$$.

      • Truth Time says:

        Well boo hoo
        It’s all so hard I might just go get on some meth
        That’ll help me
        Sure
        Why not

        Rudiculous argument hiding the truth that individuals are capable of avoiding this situation by never making the utterly idiotic choice of abusing a highly toxic addictive poison.
        No sympathy for you or any fool who goes down this deliberately foolish road.
        NO EXCUSE

      • Laney says:

        You think everyone here who is “judging” is a lost soul? YOU made the decision to use. People are a lot more sympathetic when you own up to your mistakes and find a way to clean yourself up, but you’re not entitled to it. If you actually cleaned yourself up, then instead of whining on forums, why have you not taken what you went through to the next level? Teaching those around you how bad meth really is with your own life experience. Preventing use. Stopping enablers. There’s so much you could do for meth addicts that will have more meaning coming from a former addict, but you just choose to complain and don’t want to own up to what you did. Probably the mindset that made you think doing meth was ok to begin with – the only god can judge me bs that so many people like to say when they caught doing something wrong.

    • JAMIE says:

      HI TRISH
      I LOVE UR COMMENT
      I AM A NURSE, AND WE ARE ALL BORN WITH VICES. PPL ARE BORN WITH ADDICTIVE PERSONALITIES, AND UNFORTUNATELY SOME OF US CAN CONTROL IT WHILE OTHERS CAN’T. TALKING FROM EXPERIENCE( MY SISTER DIED FROM AN OVERDOSE YRS AGO), I NEVER KNEW SHE WAS AN ADDICT(SHE WAS A NURSE AS WELL).WHO WAS ALSO BULIMIC. SHE GOT MIXED UP WITH THE WRONG GUY AND THAT WAS HER DEMISE. SO WE NEVER KNOW WHAT WE ARE CAPABLE OF.

  15. They all look like the zombies in The Walking Dead.

  16. Mari Dauenhauer says:

    I pray for every one of the people out there that are addicted to this drug they were I am sure just like everyone of you who sit and judge. Do any of you know an alcoholic or someone with anorexia or hey maybe sugar diabetes. We are all human we all have our faults not one of us is perfect. So before you judge please say a prayer for yourself and them. My best friend ended up getting into this and ended up stealing all my money and tuned from me and it broke my hear and still is. I went to his family friends and begged for them to help me help him and not one of them did a damn thing. Well he just got busted and is now probably going to be there for a very long time. He was a young child when introduced to it and can’t control it once he started it was now sell it to make money so you can do it. I have said I hate him but that is a lie I love him and want to help him and I lost everything because of him. You sit in judgement until it is someone you love and it kills you and you are lost in how to help them he hid from me cause he did me so very wrong but at the same time he did not think so because I kept texting and calling but he just changed his no so i couldn’t. he used to be the best guy and he is lost in this drug. My heart breaks everyday for my loss and for him . Please do not be the evil judge pray for these lost souls and give a donation to a rehab and try to help these souls possibly find their way out. God does not judge you if you drink smoke so please these people need our help not put downs. I miss you my best friend and no matter what I will always be here for you. God please help everyone of them and us to help not judge. This is an illness people.I Love you Core n pray for you everyday. Yeah I am a bit mad but I love you you will always be in my heart.
    Your best bud
    Mrz

    • zFashionizta says:

      We do not have to donate money for rehab because rehab is paid for by the taxpayers, employers and money confiscated from drug dealers.

      Donate your money to real causes that need it like organizations that helps children, the abused and people with terminal illnesses.

  17. Mari says:

    I have to agree with everyone almost on this. Those who feel they have the right to judge are I am sure not perfect themselves. everyone has some sort of vice be it cigarette chewing your nails or alcohol, none of us are here to judge. I wish I could help these people. I have tried this stuff and I did not really care for it. I am a very lucky one. I watched my best friend go to hell and beyond on this as well as put me thru hell but I am back again. I am a strong person who has endured alot in my life and will not stand and judge these people. I dislike my friend forwho he became on this drug, but never really turned my back on him he did on me. At a brother sister a loved one of someonesthe same time love him so very much and only wish I could help him. He is going to be in jail or prison for a long time I am afraid and that is not where he needs to be. He needs help. I begged his mother to help and she hid him from me. Now he is going to do serious time and he needs help not prison. Each and every one of these people used to be just like the rest of us contributing to the world and just like and alcholic they are addicted to a drug. Instead of condeming them we all need to maybe help figure a way to help. I am so proud of all who are clean now a hard road and a struggle everyday give yourselves daily a big pat on the back atta boy’s for what you are achieveing as it is a big deal. Keep up the good work and always know we are all cheering you on. God Bless and keep all safe and help us all in our daily struggles. I pray for my buddy everyday and hold him close to my heart. He was a incredible person before the drug got to him. I cry for him evceryday also. Kudo’s to all who are kicking this drug or any othervice.I quit cigarettes in jJanuary and thathas been a struggle I can’t imagine but I can.
    Remember we are not here to judge that is God’s right maybe we are all here to help in our own way.Cory I know you may never read this paper but if you ever do know I will forever be your friend and forever Love you, if you need someone to lean on I am here.I miss my buddy.God Bless and kmrzeep us all safe.

  18. Mari says:

    just want to say Yeah for you and so well said.

  19. KC says:

    I am not an addict, thank God–just never took to that stuff–but my father was. He got clean on the brink of death after using for many years and stayed sober for the next 20. When he was using, I didn’t know him at all, but after getting clean he reached out to me and by the time he died that man was my best friend in the whole wide world. To any addicts out there who are scared about living without it but want to be without it, you gotta try your hardest. It might seem at first like it’s not worth it, but that’s the big lie you have to ignore and prove wrong by staying clean for a while before you start to see the real sun again, not some synthetic sun. Yes, your life will be different. Yes, you have to fight through a lot of depression as your brain tries to regroup from the damage and start fresh. Yes, everything feels weird at first because you have to readjust your comfort zones. But, yes, you can have really healthy, fulfilling relationships with people, make new friends, and learn to love yourself and know that you matter in this world. It’s not too late. Please don’t give up, and get the help you need. It’s SO worth it. I miss my dad more than anything right now, but I know that I wouldn’t have had the last 20 years had he not made the decision and stuck to his guns no matter what. Not every day of sobriety was roses, but he died at peace with himself and the the world around him. Be strong, and don’t give up!

    • simonmd says:

      I am so happy your father found his way back to become your best friend. You really have a way with words. You get it! Reading your story made my day. Thanks KC!

  20. Marduk Asoka says:

    wanna watch out for Krokodil and Bath salts. Both cheaper, both worse.

  21. jeff caseltine says:

    you people are cruel. my heart breaks for these people. meth steals your soul.

  22. Travis Robbins says:

    If people want to get fucked up, and ruin there lives, then let them it’s their lives, and they should be able to do what ever they like to themselves. Freedom HA ya right! Every day these people make more, and more LAWS every day, and within each LAW they make, You (all of us) lose more, and more FREEDOM Due to LAWS, Police,and Government! So Just HOW FREE ARE YOU???

    • KC says:

      Travis, bud, I used to feel that way until the meth-making habits of others forced me out of several apartments. I’ve gotten really sick from it and blew through all my savings trying to find a safe haven. Meth production and use ruins apartments, hotels, houses, and cars–afterwards even if the next people don’t use or cook, the residue will give you CANCER and birth defects, neurological conditions, organ and eye damage, etc. (read up on it–it’s true)–and now with people making it in food stores and restaurants, our water supply is totally effed (meth chemicals actually break filters at water treatment plants, sending increased bacteria and sewage back into our drinkable water–NOT COOL.)

      So, someone can choose to ruin their life,yes, but when it starts to ruin others who choose not to take and participate in meth-making activities, it’s got to change. And the only way to change is with laws that force it, because users won’t change on their own (seriously, be real).

      Addicts don’t have the right to poison everybody else. Sorry. They just don’t.

      • Doc says:

        Well said KC!

      • zFashionizta says:

        Two thumbs up, KC!

      • zFashionizta says:

        KC you have made many excellent points (applause).
        Some of these people only have compassion for addicts and none for those of us who have common sense and the intelligence to not take drugs. They don’t even have compassion for those born with real diseases and medical conditions that they never chose.

    • Truth Time says:

      Freedom to make foolish choices and rob and steal from others to feed my weakness and need.

      That’s freedom?

  23. Blake says:

    Oh dear. Travis are you really that naive? Without laws, Police and Government can you imagine what society would be like? There would be more people making bad decisions, which effect their lives and the lives of those close to them. As earlier stated, society is continuing down a road already, that has no respect or responsibility, i don’t see how abolishing laws, police and government is going to turn that corner. As for your last line, everyone is free to make their own choices. Simple as that!

  24. Deanna says:

    Im a recovering addict of 3 years and I remember feeling so helpless it was so lonely and scary…But I am happy to say that going to rehab was the best decision I ever made. I feel so free and happy and love the person I have become. Meth had a hold of my life for 16 yrs and I felt my health deteriating and it was going bad fast I lost almost everything until one day I just had enough and by the grace of God I am alive healthy and loved!!! Thanks to God!!!

  25. Andrew says:

    It makes you wonder. Wonder what they could have been. Am I seeing someone who was supposed to be the next great senator? Someone who would’ve invented the cure for cancer or found the causes? It’s heartbreaking and tragic because it’s as if someone, something sucked the life out of these people. The light is just gone from their eyes. They look like living corpses. I will never judge any of these people or anyone like them. If it wasn’t for God, in my case, or the fact that I made different decisions- I could be one of them.

  26. StrongSurviver says:

    K well im 24 and yes I can say I’m a user but not proud of it. When I first tried it I knew nothing about it. As a child I had a very tough life since I was born parents seperated joint custody and was melested by my dads dad, when admitted by age 12 my father abandon me then I developed a disorder called tricotilomania not to mention I also have ADHD and OCD! So that’s just a taste of nearly the beginning but moving along addiction is not easy and for me once u know it and have liked it more than once it’s like a bad habit that’s hard to get rid of. Ps anything u like to an extent can be a addiction. I can’t explain the drug life but I can say I wish I never knew it. I tried it on day when my family and I got into a argument and I got kicked out where I went was my exs uncles house he was from a hood. As I sat there 5 people in that pad sitting in a circle all were doing it as I said no the first two handfulof times offered the next I said okay let me see what this is and did it never did I know it would be like this. I’ve seen alot of real fucked up things and it’s a rough path but only 2% out of 100% are able to break free from this addiction! They call it the devils drug!! To all the attics still suffering I wish u to ask god, to grant u the serenity to accept the things u can not change the courage to change the things we can and the wisdom to know the difference!! Bless all

    • zFashionizta says:

      StrongSurvivor, I hate those people who caused you so much harm (BIG HUG).
      From what you wrote you sound like you have a beautiful person with a good head on your shoulder and the strength and intelligence to not allow what these MONSTERS did to you destroy you. Stay strong & disown all of those who have caused you harm or allowed it to happen.
      *if possible get all those low lives arrested!

  27. Mani says:

    My heart goes out to addicts – it’s the people making this drug that are evil beyond belief. We admire shows like “Breaking Bad” but judge addicts. WTF??

    • zFashionizta says:

      Mani, I hate the drug dealers also but they wouldn’t be in business if people were not stupid and buying their products, so the blame goes to both.

      I was not a fan of the show Breaking Bad, did not see a single episode.

  28. Jess says:

    I say we gather all the meth heads and go holocaust style on them. Lol. That will teach them.lol. Fuckin meth heads

  29. soto says:

    My husband is an addict. We have 3 children who dont want him around anymore. The youngest is 8 . He thinks he doesnt have a problem. He has been doing this 20 yrs and hes 36 yrs old. All I can do is pray. My mom died from drugs and my dad was an addict n dealer. You cant help someone who doesnt want to be helped.

    • Mm says:

      No. You cannot help anyone who doesnt want to be helped. That is SUCH an important message to extend. My first bf was a user and 2 years was too long. The threats and guilt trips were relentless but at the end of the day you have to be selfish. If youre not strong they will consume you and ruin your life.

      Realize Soto you had 3 children and that changes everything. Hope you are well and at peace. Apparently god doesnt give you more than u can handle… Obv sometimes i feel like theres more to that quote.. Like.. Bc he also gave you superpowers :)
      Best always

    • Truth Time says:

      You are brave
      You can do more than pray
      You can get you and the kids out of there and away from that world.
      It can be done and you know it.
      Be brave stay strong
      You can

    • zFashionizta says:

      SOTO, You as the only responsible adult owe it to your children to get out of that relationship NOW! That man does not Love the children nor you, he loves drugs. Why would you continue to expose your children to that LOSER who they are scared & embarrassed about and that can possibly put the lives of your family in danger.

  30. + says:

    no one should talk about people with addictions or drug use problem meth, or not. what they go through is horrible its sad and its not what you ever want to see and it should show yu they need help.. not haters, and def not the comments made about them every soul on this earth needs help in some way ..if you say it or not. there is no person in the world completely sinless except God himself. People will mess up and they will do things bad sometimes maybe even kill on accident but the person without the addiction should be there by their side helping them and im not saying they shouldn’t be stopped or punished but they don’t the sideshow of the comments to help. they just need time and someone with a lot of patience to help that person. police don’t help the fact posting their faces everywhere for people to judge. and not get to know the real person after their drug problem. they have a small window of time to do something great to leave their past behind. but whats helping if yur keeping the ghosts beside them.(pictures of the old them).

    • zFashionizta says:

      The police are not singling out drug addicts, people who are arrested for different reasons have their photos posted, why should addicts be the exception?

  31. Shante Reyes says:

    Why would people do such thing,why even once.I’m sorry for them.I’m only 10 im never
    going to make that mastake in my life.And I hope nobody makes that mastake.

    • KC says:

      That is so good to hear. I’m proud of you for being only 10 years old and thinking on your own two feet with strength and determination to give yourself the best kind of life possible by making the best decisions that you can–yeah! Way to go. Keep up the great work. :)

    • Mm says:

      So happy to hear that Shante. Stick to that mindset and you can do anything. You seem like you know yourself and what you want and thats awesome!

    • zFashionizta says:

      Shante, I am so happy that at your age you have made the decision to never use drugs.
      Only stupid/ignorant, losers use drugs. OH, and drugs will make you ugly!

  32. Quentin Raff says:

    I had no idea the Pacific Northwest was this bad. I thought everyone out there were relaxed and chill just smoking weed. If I lived in those beautiful mountains and valley’s I wouldn’t want a speedy upper. Stick to beer and a little marijuana…. I don’t see how this drug can continue to destroy towns.

    • KC says:

      I was up in Seattle a couple of weeks ago, and you can smell it everywhere–hotels (of course), coffee shops, grocery stores, and restaurants. Employees make this stuff while on the job. It sucks for those unaware or those who are aware but do not wish to participate. Not to single out Seattle, though; this stuff is everywhere across the U.S. Los Angeles, for instance, is on fire.

      • Mm says:

        I had no ideaaaa seattle was so infested with meth-pushing cartel! Always had the impression it was a free spirited surfing community. Just saw a dateline episode naming it 3rd worst place in the US next to Chicago/LA for addiction. Im from Toronto and its all C up here. Crazy.

      • KC says:

        3rd worst place? Wow. That is surprising. It’s funny, the people I talk with from different cities and towns here in the States all claim to be really bad with it–each person thinks they live in the “Meth capital” of the US. I’m thinking it’s bad everywhere.

    • KC says:

      From what I’ve seen in LA and other parts of the country, I think it keeps tearing through areas because initially there is this perception for the lower and lower middle classes that the money in production and dealing is fantastic. That appeals to the many who are underpaid in lower paying service positions. But once the actual physical addiction hits that same person, it’s game over individually because the money eventually takes a backseat to the need. Now, add to that all of your friends/coworkers are doing it, and you’ve got a socially reinforcing circle based on economics and social ties, and you’re all addicted to the most addictive substance in existence, so it’s tough to break free. Then you add the kids of these people to it and most of them will follow in the same footsteps, so it adds a generational component. I also believe it’s leaking upward into the middle class because of increasing unemployment in this group. Meth for these guys seems to mostly function as an antidepressant to being 25-35 years old with some college education but no job opportunities and having to face the prospect of always having roommates or having to move back home with Mom. So, long story short, I think unemployment gets ‘em into it and then addiction keeps them there.

  33. Minor addictions says:

    People here say just harden up and don’t take it. I agree one hundred percent. But wait! I’m clinically obese BMI 31, do not exercise enough. I know what being overweight and not exercising will do to me in the end but I kepp slipping back. Have lost 6 kgs in the last 12 months and am exercising more but still not enough.
    So for every one who says just don’t get addicted you must be amazing with no addictions nor major issues in your life that you know cause major problems and should be changed.
    So you don’t smoke, drink alcohol. You are not overweight. Are fit. Nice to people. Have and cause no major stress to people.

    Most people have addictions in their lives. Luckily they have chosen no harming addictions; supporting sports, making lots of comments on internet blogs. Mine is reading, playing computer games, etc.

    • zFashionizta says:

      You can’t compare over eating and not exercising to drug addiction unless you’re overeating is causing you to mug people and burn down homes.

  34. bethoney96 says:

    Can we all just realize that sometimes, shit happens? My brother was on a 12 year ramage, was locked up for i dont know how lng, a still does it ocassionally. He livd in Newton Iowa, meth capital of the world. But he didnt start it there. You know, its sad and its stupid but unless everyone is ware and cares about themselves, there is no hope.

  35. Chas says:

    CRAZY WOW! Why would you even try this just take a look that’s enough to wake a normal person up right.No way

    • Mm says:

      No one looks at those pics 5 mins before being offered lol. I cant say i know how ppl start bc ive never known neone whos done meth. Im in Toronto and its all coke up here. But youre young and stupid and hanging out with brokers and athletes.. And youre naieve and arrogant.. Youve got a short bumpy path coming. Ive seen it manyy times. And its never a good ending. Best advice i can extend is to surround yourself w humble grounded people who have ambition.

  36. Doc says:

    Everything that I have seen tell me that it is BAD everywhere! That scares me!

  37. kaylynn says:

    I’d like to know when our community (I’m in Lane Co.) is going to get aggressive and actively address this problem. Showing the progression of meth use to the addict does nothing, all it does is “educates” those that haven’t used it. Furthermore, referring to them as “meth heads” is rude and is nothing more than, in my opinion, a way to make fun of people that have allowed their problems to overtake them.

  38. Gwaredd says:

    At 66 one would think that I would have no personal knowledge of Meth. Not so. Back in the late 1960’s I began shooting meth and continued to do so for two years. I went from 175 lbs. to 120 lbs. and at 6’3 I looked like I just got out of Dachau. The thing that saved me was I became infected with Hep-B which put me in hospital insolation for two weeks. I had a lot of time to think. I decided that once I left the hospital I would never touch the stuff again. And, I didn’t. That was 45 years ago. My heart goes out to those who are suffering from the ravages of this horrible addiction. I have a personal opinion about “therapy” and I’m sure it going to get a lot of counselor’s knickers in a twist. However, I think it’s a lot of tommy rot. They don’t care about the addict. It’s about getting your insurance if you’re lucky enough to have any. What mate? are you gong sit around in group therapy sessions all day and/or cutting out pictures from magazines and pasting them on a big sheet of paper. By the way, they call that “art therapy.” How do I know this? I had friends who went through it. When they came out they went right back to it. I never went into any rehab. I found in my life that the only way to do it to just quit. Period! Is it easy? No! However, no amount of so-called counseling is going to do a bloody bit of good unless you decide you’ve had enough. Only you can make you quit.

    Lechyd da! (Good health!)

    • rich says:

      that there ,,, is truth!!

    • simonmd says:

      Great story! Sounds like you had a major wake up call and you hung up this horrible drug. I had no idea that it was even around 45 years ago. You are right, only you can make you quit. However most people need other people to stay sober. Health care and insurance in this country is a huge mess. I am not a supporter of Obamacare. I know many health care providers and “therapy” type professionals who really care about their patients. Sure there are bad ones out there but I am part of an organization that employs really good people who do a lot of outreach and group therapy and have helped save and change lives of many recovering addicts. Addiction is a selfish disease that’s why it’s so hard to quit. But you are right, you have to want it yourself first. Then getting there and staying clean is different for everyone. Most addicts I know can not do it alone. Like any chronic disease life long treatment is usually necessary in some way. And your chances of finding recovery for yourself go way up when there are professionals and people as part of your support systems. Great story again by the way!

    • clay gartin says:

      I couldn’t agree with any you more, if you think your spending a lot on Meth or other Drugs just go to counseling for them first of all myself I don’t like telling other people my problem’s especially other people so if I don’t stop my problem on my own they surly couldn’t help me through it. and I’m the type of person that does take advice from other people .

  39. Buddha Trismigisturis says:

    are oddly shaped skulls somehow related to meth addiction? another effect of meth use: horrible hair cuts. also figure in that these people have destroyed their families and lost their friends… assuming the family and friends aren’t also addicts…

  40. Brian says:

    I was addicted to Meth for 10 years. I was on the brink of suicide. Terrible drug. I’ve been clean for 14 years.
    Went from homelessness to happily married, $100,000 a year income, just purchased a half million dollar house. All this after spending 3 years in a residential treatment facility who I credit for saving my life and teaching me how to live without dope.
    Meth users lose all sense of hope therefore keeping them in their addiction. It’s a terrible disease. I usually can only pray for them and help them only if they really want help, otherwise I stay at arms length. The reason for this is a meth user will almost do anything or steal anything for their next line or hit.

  41. bebe says:

    I can speak from experience. My ex threw away everything for meth. His wife, his daughter, and our home of 27 years. All for this poison and the prostitutes who use it. It ruins everything and i have no pity for any of these fools. If youre going to do it stay away from your family so they dont have to witness it

    • simonmd says:

      So anyone who has the disease called addiction to meth is a fool? Sounds like another person who does not know it is a family disease.

      • zFashionizta says:

        What do you mean its a family disease?
        I had a brother in law who was drug addicted, relatives tried to help him but he just did not want to quit and he died from an overdose, the rest of us (40+ family members) do not have a drug addiction. We are all non users, not because of what we saw in him but because the rest of us had more sense.
        NO Drugs = NO Addiction!

  42. Comment says:

    don’t you guys ever think that people don’t wake up and think I think today im going to try to smoke meth for the first time and go looking for it . its unexpected and its everywhere you try it and you get addicted I know I did but you don’t think that you will keep on doing it and before you realize it years have gone by. DONT JUDGE PEOPLE FOR WHAT THEY DO JUDGE THEM FOR THE PEOPLE THEY ARE.

    • KC says:

      Hey Comment, I totally hear what you’re trying to say. I’m trying my best not to judge people caught up in meth, but I’ve been hurt so many times by good people gone bad that it’s hard to fight back judgment.

      Over time, as people get worse, they change into bad people doing bad things with no thought of how their actions impact other people around them, so at that point, I feel I am judging them for the people they are NOW–(once good people who are now) bad people.

      The road to hell is paved with good intentioned people who choose the wrong roads; people who do not treat others as they would like to be treated, despite their once-good hearts. GOOD CHOICES ARE EVERYTHING, AND PEOPLE ARE JUDGED ON WHO THEY ARE NOW–IN THE CURRENT MOMENT. On a hopeful side, that means that there is always a road back to true happiness and respect through complete abstinence. It’s a choice.

      • simonmd says:

        It’s good people who are sick people not bad.If someone is a bad person they were that way before using meth. However they do VERY bad things as a result of the disease.

      • KC says:

        I think I understand what you’re trying to say, but when someone is hurting you in the present moment because of the sickness covering their previous goodness, I think having anger and resentment toward that person is a natural response because it doesn’t make sense why someone would have such reckless disregard for others’ safety. I am speaking specifically of meth production, not merely use.

        I have recently experienced rental managers, for instance, who find no problem putting unwitting folks into apartment units that are above/below/adjacent to former meth labs. They simply send a maid or two in for a “deep clean” prior to occupancy and think it’s fine, and it’s so not OK. It gives people cancer, damages lungs, livers, fertility, you name it, not to mention ruins all of your stuff (takes on solvent odors that continue to off-gas and present health concerns even after you leave the original residence). I’m currently living in an apartment below a management-sanctioned lab and have elevated liver enzymes from it and irritated eyes and lungs. I’m scared to death. I feel bad physically, but I can’t afford to move for a few more months when I’m off my lease. I think because users have adrenalin in their bodies 24/7 that the chemicals don’t affect them in the same way as non-users, so they can’t understand why on-users could possibly get sick (maybe?). Well, we do. And I can see the fading goodness in some of the users, and it breaks my heart–it really does.

        Sometimes I think that it’s not the use that bothers me; it’s the disregard for other people around them who are, in fact, good people (like me) who are getting hurt from the rampant manufacturing of this stuff. Just today, for instance, I experienced meth production chemicals on two city buses, one pharmacy, a cafe, one grocery store, and then back at my apartment. Too many people are making this stuff at work, exposing the public, including children, to cancer-causing chemicals, never mind the involuntary exposure to the most addictive drug on the planet. This is going too far. Drug use should be a voluntary endeavor; now it’s there whether you like it or not.

        So, where do you draw the line with judgment? Just putting up with someone robbing you of your health until they’re ready to get sober even though it’s killing your health, affordable housing supplies, the water supply, public transportation, etc. seems like it’s not the right answer. There have to be ground rules that involve minimizing impact to innocent parties who choose not to participate.

    • zFashionizta says:

      You are contradicting yourself, you just said you don’t wake up and say I want meth (or any other drug for that matter), so if you go do meth or any other drug you chose to do it.

  43. Brian says:

    Your an idiot

    • Tax Payer says:

      It’s “you’re”
      What I don’t understand is why people are saying don’t judge. Last time I checked, most meth heads stole to buy the drug… Therefore, they don’t work or spend all their money on drugs and still need an income for rent,or car payments, or whatever. So, they are more than likely on some kind of government help. I work full time (nurse) and my husband is military. I work for the government’s money they think the deserve. And my husband fights for our lovely country. That in itself should be reason enough for my husband, myself and our children to “judge”, but I will continue.
      Now, I know several addicts. I have several in my family actually. I have seen what it can do in just six months. I have a sister who can’t walk because she used a dirty needle, which in turn gave her an infection that lead to her being paralyzed from the shoulders down. So, don’t tell me I don’t know. My own experience is not all rainbows, but I just can’t wrap my head around a reason to take a drug for fun that literally makes your teeth rot out of your skull along with self-inflicted craters in your face. For those of you blaming your past: grow up. Own who you are. It is not mommy and daddy’s fault that you are throwing a everlasting pity party for yourself. Find God and pray for help. I’m sure you’ll find some help.
      I got off subject. I am so irate I just can’t think straight. Almost all meth heads end up in jail or in the hospital. Again, most addicts don’t work or just don’t have the money for insurance. So again, here I am, along with so many other people just trying to make it day to day and abiding by the law and just plain ol’ doing the right thing, paying for these people to go to jail or the emergency room. Paying for the food, orange jumpsuit, doctor visits, the withdrawal medication (I’m assuming they give prisoners something for the withdrawal. I could be wrong. Apologies if I am) and anything else that is provided that the tax dollar is paying for.
      My point is, the tax payers who do not abuse the system, that work hard knowing nothing is handed to them, that abide by the law, and know right from wrong, have every right to tell the addicts they are wrong. Especially if the residue from cooking meth can severely hurt people that have chosen to not have teeth rotting from their skull. (Whomever said that, thank you for the information. I’ll be doing more research and writing a little note to a senator, or anyone in higher power than a nurse)
      One last thing. I hope and pray that all addicts that are addicted to anything that is severely hurting themselves, and/or others around them find themselves again. And can make it out of the mess they are currently in. You don’t know me, I don’t know you, but I faith in humanity, therefore in you. As my sister used to say “You got this, dude. You’re never alone.” If you’re doing drugs while pregnant, I beg you. Just please, find help. It is not fair you’re hurting another life that has no say in it. Dragging a child into that situation is not okay no matter ow you look at it.

      • Brian says:

        I think you replied to the wrong comment. Men can’t get pregnant, last I checked.
        Why don’t we line up all the meth heads and let your military husband shoot them.
        Screw compassion for their wrecked life. Some kids are raised for 18 years in a meth lab. What else do they know. Screw them, let them help themselves.
        You obviously do not have a clue. Tax Payer. Go smoke some Meth, comeback in 2 years when and if you are in recovery then comment.

      • rich says:

        u ,,, r,,,,, n,,,,,,, id,,,,,, e,,,,, ut

      • clay gartin says:

        who cares about what Brian says your positively right !

      • zFashionizta says:

        Taxpayer you are correct!
        Drug users are given everything and depleting our resources, that money should go to people who have real diseases and illnesses and the poor.
        Here in NY addicts are given free rehab, SSI and public assistance right away (even those who have not worked a day in their life) while people who have for example Cancer have to wait 6 months to receive any assistance.

  44. Charles Semón says:

    I have done research and reports on meth. I was once a user. Although it only lasted 20 months it easily could have lasted 20 years. Thank goodness for lifes coming attractions with the sole support of family and friends to turn my life around. You too can do some homework on your lives. Remember contentment is not the fulfillment for what you want, but its the realization for what you already have.

  45. Helle says:

    Contrary to popular belief, meth did not come from California or the Midwest US. Rather, Japanese scientists synthesized it during WWII to keep troops alert and unafraid of death (especially suicide.) I think that ridiculing these people is heartless. Meth causes the onset of obsessive-compulsive behaviors and delusions, one of the most popular being that you have a blackhead or pore obstruction that needs to be removed. That’s why a lot of these people have scabby faces. Also problematic is the focus on peoples’ diminished appearance rather than the damage being done to their bodies and minds. Hilarious, I tell you.

  46. Diane Roberts says:

    God gives each of us the ability for making our own choices. Taking that first hit is a choice. I can not be convinced its an “illness”. 5 years ago I met and married the most wonderful man, at least I thought I had. 9 months ago he started using meth. Again, yeah he did not bother to tell me he was an addict. Right about the time he started using again we had just bought our new home. From the moment we moved in he started changing. He owns his own business and I work for him. He stopped going to work. Period. He has not been in over 8 months. We have not shared a bed together one night in our new house. He stays up all night locked up in the shop only comes in to eat every once in a while. When he does sleep its in the recliner. We do nothing together anymore. I work all day then spend my nights alone inside. He has become a totally different person. He looks gray colored his hair is falling out he has already lost 4 teeth. He used to be such a good looking man now he looks like a street bum doesn’t bathe for a week at a time he’s lost about 45 pounds and just does not give a shit about nothing. But guess what he says his use is just recreational. Bullshit there is no such thing. Until he started using we had never spent a day apart must less not sleep side by side.I have not even had so much as a kiss in 9 months much less sex. I get blamed for everything including the drug use. Our neighbors are scared of him and don’t want him in the neighborhood and I am so embarrassed. He refuses to get help and tells me he will quit when he is ready. In the meantime I am the one on the verge if a nervous breakdown. I beg him to get help even if its just talking to our preacher. Nope he DOES not have a problem according to him. I sit here today with all my stuff packed to leave now for 2 weeks but I can’t make myself walk out yet. I love this man with all my being but this man is not my husband. I have lost my family my kids and friends over him not having a problem. I have nobody to talk to and I have nowhere to go. If I continue to stay I will kill myself with worry. He wants me to leave so he won’t ” have nobody on his ass”. So don’t tell me meth is an illness its a damn choice. I drink coffee a lot and yeah some people say its an addiction. It may be but if it turned me into a monster and made me look like these freaks I would never drink another drop. He has destroyed our marriage and had no remorse or concern for what he has done to us. If meth addiction is an illness go to the doctor and get treated. No all he does now is lie lie lie and hide things and be secretive. Hes got money so he does not care about nothing anymore. As soon as he gets up he heads out to take the days smoke and for the rest of the day he looks like a freak with the bugged out eyes and dialated pupils and talking a hundred miles an hour about stupid shit. So forgive me if I am not sympathetic.

    • clay gartin says:

      I am very sorry to hear what a dumbass your Husband is I in fact wish I had a woman like you , the problem I had when I had a girl friend wasn’t with drugs when I left her , it was because she & practically every woman I’ve been with since was always whoring around on me . I couldn’t deal with it so I’ve been single since and not using that shit that’s for the losers that doesn’t learn ! Of cores my heart goes out to those kids & now grown adults who had to put up with parents using drugs & destroying their family’s like this. So here’s to you Dian & I hope your life gets better , personally I would leave that SOB for putting you &your kids through this Good luck and God Speed.

    • zFashionizta says:

      I feel so sorry for you this man is destroying you and alienating you from loved ones and friends and that should never be the case, SO GET OUT NOW, don’t stay on that sinking ship!

      Best wishes to you on a new life.

  47. KC says:

    Diane,

    My heart goes out to you for your situation. I can only imagine the loneliness and frustration you must feel a good deal of the time. I hope you understand that it is not your fault in any way. You married him because you loved him and he was a good man and match for you before the meth; he is married to the meth now. That said, it’s going to take a lot of strength to do the right thing for you. If he absolutely refuses to get help, then you need to help yourself. You deserve it. It doesn’t make you a bad person, and all of the friends and family that have been alienated in this process will come back to you; lean on them to help get you through to do the right thing. Do NOT be afraid to be alone in this. If you stay, it makes you sick, too, and life is too short for feeling this bad. Do not let his sickness become your burden to carry; it is not yours. The reasons why he does it are his own and not yours. And, you know, one never knows–he may get better and reunite after a good deal of time in sobriety. If not, love is as perennial as the spring; it will be back in your life, and you won’t have to go through life alone. This world does not have a shortage of good people full of love to give. You deserve a kind, loving partner who shares your bed, your conversations, your dreams and life’s work, and your heart. My thoughts and prayers go out to you to have the strength and courage to get yourself well even if he can’t. Be safe and stay strong.

    KC

  48. Kelly says:

    I can see both sides. I agree it is not wise to try a drug you know is addictive and don’t understand why anyone would ever try meth. However, I started smoking at 18 knowing cigarettes can kill me and age me. I smoked for 20 years and just quit last month, it was difficult! I know that I may still suffer effects of smoking down the road and have probably shortened my lifespan. In no way am I comparing meth to nicotine, I am simply saying people do try things thinking they can control themselves and the outcome. It is not my place to judge any anyone. One can only hope that any type of addict gets the help they need sooner rather than later.

  49. Elle says:

    What is it about doing meth and dying your hair orange? That right there is reason never to try it!

  50. queenk says:

    Ugh..get rid of them all, they are use less to society’s…After 3 strikes they should just be put to sleep. Families are ruined because of people like this. They don’t deserve a damn thing. #hatemeth #losers #embarassing

  51. Elle says:

    to all of you that think they have had a bad life , think again !
    to take drugs was your choice !
    I was a child of war badly scared with burns to my tiny body I lost my mother at the age of only 6 years my father still at the front my twin to this day still missing and let me tell you I grew up with many obstacle in my life on top of it all I was sexually abused by someone I trusted I had three different homes to fit in to and adjust .
    with my truly traumatic history as a young child it did catch up with me as a young women I had a break down lasting 8 year’s oh yes I could have been easely tempted in to booze & drugs it was all around me but I didn’t YOU WANT TO KNOW WHY I DIDN’T ????
    I tell you !
    .having had to fight so hard to survive the bloody war ,I VALUED MY SELF TO MUCH !
    if you all who where temped in to taken drugs because you had a bad day or looking for excitement that was your choice ! you did this to your self ! it was also stupid and we all know you can’t take back stupid .
    it is also a cobb out on your part blaming all your troubles and your own shortcomings as an excuse on your child hood .???? get real ,IF YOU WOULD HAVE VALUED YOUR SELF YOU WOULDN’T HAVE TAKEN DRUGS IN THE FIRST PLACE .
    the trouble with this modern generation is they all have it to good they get bored they have to much technology the think they know it all and yet to dumb to see what drugs will do to them .
    I wish you all the best .
    ,you need it !!!!!!
    Elle.

  52. Queen Brown says:

    I’m very interested to know what a Psychiatrist ca do to help these addicts? My 37 year old son is an addict, but how can we help them ? We can’t just cry, while they kill themselves quickly ! Please, can anyone help me ? My prayers go un-answered ! PAMELA FROM HUNTINGTON BEACH, CA.

  53. Rachel says:

    These pictures are so sad. I pray these people will be recued from their addiction before it kills them. God bless them!

    • dm says:

      God is probably so angry with them for treating their bodies this way–he gave them beauty and health and they choose to destroy it with tools of the devil. utter shame on them—

  54. Al Cheech says:

    I looked at the previous person’s quote…and then her name… and it is the same name of a girl that I want to be able to help…wild…

  55. Doc says:

    When most people are asked about methamphetamine users or “Meth Heads”, they often refer to the pictures that they have seen online, such as the “Faces of Meth” mug shots that I have posted above. These are also prominent on sites such as the website by the same name hosted by the Multnomah County Sheriff’s Office in Oregon. These photos show the effects of long-term methamphetamine use, including scabs and sores on their faces and extremities, oily complexions and hair texture, extreme weight loss and often a far-away look in their eyes. And yes, methamphetamine can produce such effects on people as illustrated on these websites. And like everyone else, I also thought that all meth users would look that way — like shells of their former selves. But also remember this. These photos are typically the mug shots taken when they were arrested on methamphetamine-related charges. Think about some of the celebrity mug shots you have seen, such as Nick Nolte, Mel Gibson, or Lindsey Lohan. They don’t look very much like movie stars when they are arrested. So remember to take that into account when viewing the “Faces of Meth” photos. These are their arrest photos. They may be afraid, disheveled and possibly under the influence of meth and other drugs. There is the chance that you might have passed by a meth user in the grocery store, a restaurant or in the car next to you at a red light and had no idea about their drug use. In fact, if as many people are using methamphetamine as some people have suggested, there is a very good chance that you pass by meth users several times a day. I have looked through the photos from this website, and while some do look like those from the “Faces of Meth” websites, many more look like they could be your neighbor or coworker. I have talked to many meth users, both in recovery and recently arrested, and if they had not confided in me, I would have never guessed that they had ever been addicted to methamphetamine. I guess it is like most things, you cannot judge a book by its cover. While you may be able to identify a meth user when she is severely intoxicated or tweaking, chances are that you would not be able to point her out as a meth user.

  56. sheena says:

    My husband is a meth user. I’ve watched him go from a 6’2″ 205 pound man down to about 150 in just a month. The day I went into labor with our son my husband just dumped me at the hospital and went on a week long meth binge taking all our money with him. That was 8 weeks ago. He’s locked himself in our room for the last three days. I’ve tried everything to help him. This has been a 10 year fight for me to try and “save” him. There is no hope.

  57. teresa Williams says:

    My son was on meth for over a year. At first you don’t realize they are on it. It starts slowing showing signs ,up for days then sleeping for days,the mood swings,angry problems, and then the teeth problems. Don’t judge unless you have been there and went this hell. I almost lost my son because of this deal. He has been clean for almost 2 years. I would not wish this on my enemy.

  58. Zara Bell says:

    Angus, an all who think like you are the stupid ones here. drugs/meth is no solution to anything!!!!!
    There are warnings everywhere showing us what the effects of drugs can an most cases will lead to!
    Regardless of anyone’s messed up life, drugs is not the answer!
    I have seen an experienced more things in my 29 years than most do in a life time!
    I have emotionally hit rock bottom, have been suicidal, I don’t have any living relatives in which I see, I was sexually assaulted as child, an beaten.
    I could go on an on, but the point in which I am trying to get across here, is never did I give up an turn to drugs as as easy escape, as we all know its only an temporary fix.
    An it’s also selfish!! Why would you want those around you to feel the pain of watching you ruin your life!
    There are help lines, free mental Heath program’s, an drug programs, psychologists ect.
    At the end of the day we all have choices… They chose drugs, they’ve made their bed let them lie in it!!!
    Are people forgetting these photos are mug shots!!! They commit crime!!! No sympathy at all!!!

  59. Jo bok says:

    Shoot all junkies waste of space oxygen thief’s that is all

  60. riley schenkel says:

    y y do they do that

  61. Cynthia says:

    Hate the drug not the person!!! It’s called being an addicted person

    • zFashionizta says:

      You can’t put the blame on a product, that would be like eating 10 pounds of candy everyday and putting the blame on the candy, NO you chose to use or eat that product so the blame goes solely on you. Why do some people continually insist on blaming something or someone else instead of themself?

  62. muff he says:

    I WOULD JUST LIKE TO SAY JOB WELL DONE LADIES AND GENTLEMAN

  63. loriesca says:

    When I see these pictures I think “this. Drug has to be really, really good/amazing, why else would people allow themselves to be overcome by it?” I never ever want to try it. We are all created equal, anything that anyone else has done, you & I are also capable of. You are not immune, you are not stronger/better than any of these people. The only reason you’re not addicted is because you haven’t tried it yet. I never want to find out. I don’t want to know!! I think that’s basically what these photos are meant to teach us. We’re not supposed to gawk & make fun, but observe and discern to learn. Don’t ever try it even one time “just to see why” or it could be too late! Behold these photos to see what you yourself are capable of.

  64. I work in a pharmacy in Florida, and it’s really sad to see these people come in with their MOTHER’S to get their sudafed! Such a horrible existence in such a beautiful place. Life is to enjoy..these people are Zombies…

  65. Frank Davis says:

    I live in Butte County California where meth Is an absolute epidemic. There is a “meth culture” almost, surrounded by criminality and inevitable repeated prison terms. I am from the Baltimore where drugs like crack and heroin replace the rampant meth use. I had never seen anything like it when I moved out here, where towns like Oroville in Butte County, the majority of it’s residents look like the “after” pictures on this website.

  66. mike oksmall says:

    in-fuckin-real

  67. All you people are judging when half of you don’t know what its like to live on the streets or grow up in foster homes I know. I was on drugs cause of stress and people that like to ruin your day so don’t be judging BC if you were in a situation where you grow up with drugs and violence I’m sure you’d be on drugs!!!

    • loriesca says:

      I grew up in a violent atmosphere, lived in foster homes, ran away, hitch-hiked cross-country seeking “home”. I didn’t turn to drugs. I got my ged, joined the army, went to college, got married, had kids (my son was born with cancer, I had 3 miscarriages, then 2 daughters) my marriage fell apart after 10 years, I still didn’t turn to drugs. The kids & I lived in shelters, with friends, etc until I could get on my feet again. I bought a house, went back to college, met someone else, our marriage fell apart after 5 years, I swore my kids would never be homeless again so I sent them to live with their dad. I lived in my car 2 years, I still didn’t turn to drugs. I grew up seeing so many people get trapped in those problems that I knew better than to even try it. Drugs don’t solve your problems they just cause more.

      this world needs a new way of dealing with addiction other than locking them up and throwing away the key.

      no two people react the same. Not everybody would turn to drugs, but a lot will.

    • zFashionizta says:

      Laken, I grew up poor in the South Bronx, saw violence everyday and saw many people destroy their lives, good looks and health by using drugs & I told myself no way that is not going to be me!
      So NO I do not agree that your environment is a factor in your choice.

  68. shell talbot says:

    I’m from Melbourne, Australia. I have a 28yr old son who is a meth addict and so are many many of his friends. I watch this drug consume his life and all hope and happiness he once had. This is mirrored by his friends lives as well, however the one thing that sets my son’s life apart from that of his friends is the mental illness my son suffers with. “Ice” fries my son’s brain and turns him into a demon, someone I have no recognition of, I see him suffer when he is coming down and seeking his next hit. I hear him cry and beg for help to get off this drug, he is suffering and anyone can see it. His only hope of recovery is rehab and therapy, but the only time he feels “normal” is when he is on the “ice”. I admire and respect anyone that climbs that mountain of rehabilitation, it is mammoth and and takes super human commitment and determination, as well as much love and support. Don’t judge others when you haven’t walked in their shoes, you don’t know their stories or where their lives have taken them, but be kind and ready to give words of support and encouragement.

  69. zFashionizta says:

    There are constant commercials on television telling you not to smoke cigarettes what they should be doing are commercials with these dreadful photos to show people the effects of drug addiction and the real harm that drunk drivers have caused.

  70. Colonel Sanders says:

    I don’t understand the need of some people to be so judgmental and angry about addiction. Their arguments presupposes that we all are equally able to avoid using – not true. Some are exposed to substances while a fetus. Some grow up in homes with parents who use and/or are abusive. Some are born with mental health conditions that predispose them to self-medicating and addiction. Trauma, PTSD, etc all increase your propensity to try and become addicted to drugs. So why not show some compassion for fellow human beings and be thankful it didn’t happen to you. Acting out and spewing hateful opinions just reveals that you are as ugly on the inside as those you find revolting. You need to grow up and become a better person or you’ll always be more pathetic than any of these people. BTW: I’ve never touched Meth in my life but have a ton of sympathy for these people. I hope they all seek treatment and recover – being an addict doesn’t mean you’re a bad person. Get better.

  71. Ross Thomson says:

    Cause it duznt do that to you over night. In saying that-most people who post things like ‘why would you try it even once’ probably don’t have friends and already look like meth heads so do us all a favour , set the oven to 210° and shove your heads in it x

  72. saulhorowitz says:

    I have never questioned the validity of the above campaign before I watched a BBC documentary a couple months ago (first broadcast 9 August 2009 btw) about this issue. It was opinionated, and obviously anti-drug, nothing unusual in that aspect: they visited rehabilitation centers, interviewed officials, drug users, it covered the question very extensively.
    Only a day after watching it, I realized suddenly that not one face can be seen in the whole film, that would resemble the physical state, depicted in this “faces of meth” propaganda. Not only nobody appears in the whole film, it doesn’t even get mentioned at all. The creators of the documentary are always trying to bring the most out of any given topic, so I’m sure it wasn’t that they just didn’t want to go into it too much. One of the interviewee said he had been using meth for 35 (!!!!!!!!!) years, and he looked perfectly normal, no sign of this advertised horrid demise. Other users, with similarly long past (decade +) showed similar lack of symptoms.
    The only thing I’m saying here, is this: if we look at cannabis propaganda films from the 50’s, they look ridiculous now, when the world is at the verge of global scale marijuana legalization ( I personally find it absurd, why anyone would want to smoke that cr@p). Consistently supplying the public with factual information (quasi ‘educating’ people), would be incomparably more effective than this scaremongering, they’ve been amazingly sticking with for 50 years now.
    The utter ineffectiveness of marijuana (and tobacco for that matter, with pictures of rotting lungs on the packaging) propaganda has proven well enough. Not one (tobacco) smoker has ever thought twice to get a pack, because of the gory images on the box.
    If anything, this approach is very harmful, because it’s misleading. If a kid -God forbid- tries crystal meth, they’ll experience something quite different probably, than what these images suggest, and will question the validity of – or disregard completely- anything they’ve ever been told about drugs. They’ll be lead to believe that it’s harmless (BECAUSE the over-dramatized effects won’t seem to happen), and that’s what leads to OD-ing on some crap, which they would purchase from a random criminal, who just doesn’t give a **** about their lives.
    Drug abuse can be very serious issue, but it’d be most effectively fought with education, not simple denial – ‘cos that’s what’s going on right now (however, Oscar Pistorious managed to deny his way out of the deepest s***, so it might work with drug policy as well. Just give it another 80 years…..).

  73. Doc says:

    My friend, I agree with you. Not every meth user, even long-time users looks like the people depicted in Faces of Meth. I’ve admitted as much myself. A lot depends on the route of administration and the amount used, as well as how long a particular binge had been ongoing when they were arrested and the mug shots taken. However, these pictures do indeed show what long-term meth use has the potential to produce, just as the rotting lungs you cite for smokers.

    But I also ask you to look at the posts – at this point there are 9,865 posts since March of 2011. Every single post is real, taken from real news organizations around the world, with the original report cited. These posts are to illustrate the extent of meth use in the United States and throughout the world. Some also show the crimes that people commit on meth or to get more meth. I am not trying to denigrate anyone, but if these real-world examples convince just one person not to use meth, then it has been worth all the trouble.

    There are no absolutes in this world. Someone can propose an alternative explanation for anything, whether it be global warming, crack babies or the meth epidemic. I have done my research. I actually talk to any meth user who will communicate with me. Every meth user I have ever talked to has told me that I would be amazed at how many people are currently using meth, from all walks of life, all ages, men and women.

    I am old enough to have read about crack babies and know all about refer madness and the other examples you cite. But believe me, methamphetamine is no rumor.

    Finally, I was recently speaking with a man who cooked (and used) meth for over 15 years. And as you indicated, he looks perfectly normal to me. And he told me, there may be such a thing as a casual meth user, if she smokes or snorts it. But he told me, THERE IS NO SUCH THING AS A CASUAL IV METH USER! And from what other meth users have told me, I believe him 100%.

    I am happy you learned something from the BBC documentary. But please, don’t get all your knowledge from one source!

  74. Alexis says:

    Im very shocked to see how ugly you people are. Some people dont ask for this stuff to be in their lives. When I was ten my mother got pregnant with my baby sister.she used meth throughout her Pregnancy. My sisyer is now mentaly unstable. My sister go taken away from my mother at birth. I habr no idea ehat she looks like, hoe old she is or who haves her. I lived in and out of dope houses, inna a car and on the strwets. I finally got taken away from my mom when I was twelve. I VOWED I would never touch meth. Fuve years later It was in front of me. Being reckless I rocked the glass pipe across my lips. I was adicted to meth fora year. I had a man by my side who always encouraged me to stop. I ended up getting pregnant and I stopped using meth cold turky. Not easy but my baby is a blessing. Someone disnt want my lufe to go thst way.. Now I am 20 with twi beautiful daughters. I ciuldnt be more pround of me snd my husband. Inna way it is about choices. But how could anyine know better if they havent been taught it is wrong? Escapibg reality and hung from youre fears is goibg to makr youre high worse. Sex awwwe

  75. kc says:

    Reading through the comments on this page I cant remember being this disgusted with humanity, maybe when the kid shot up the movie theatre or when the other shot up the elenentary school. What happened to basic human decency, compassion, and kindness? Addiction is a disease/illness that effects some and not others, just like bi-polar, depression, paranoid schizophrenia, etc.. Of course they made the choose to take the first dose and the others that followed, but know one here knows what drove them to it. Rape, incest, family death, molestation, whatever. We do not all have the same coping skills, we do not all have the same mental and emotional strengths nor do we all have the same level of will power or self worth. Do you not suppose these people have not looked at themselves and wondered “why am i doing this? Why dont i just stop” I guarantee 90% are not happy and want to change, but dont know how or where to start or just have no hope left. And for those of you that throw around your christian beliefs and intolerance, i thought acceptance and forgiveness was at the core of what Jesus stood for. Sometimes we need to stop stating the obvious, shut our mouths, and offer a non-judgemental hand.

  76. Scott Hughes says:

    I am looking for any female nurses and/or paramedics to check and monitor all of my vital signs after I have snorted any amount of meth!

  77. countygirl says:

    i just seen my dad on here… ):

    • zFashionizta says:

      My condolences to you CountryGirl. I am totally sympathetic that this would make you sad but don’t let his decision break you. His life does not have to be yours and it is not your responsibility to fix him, he is the adult/parent and it is his responsibility to set a good example for you.
      Stay strong and beautiful!

  78. ta says:

    If someone told you to jump off a mountain because it gives you an incredible high….would you? Just once? U may survive but may not…yheres a small water hole at the bottom, if u hit it just right u live yo try again another day…

  79. Mario says:

    I live in Cape Town , South Africa. Doing tik (meth) for 10 years now.I am 41 now.Looking like a 20 something year old! At the end of the day it comes down to 1 thing – Living your own life! Real life is different to each and everyone one of us 7 BILLION humans on EARTH! Brainstorm this thought.

  80. Mario says:

    I’m from South Africa.I’m still using it after I fucked up my life.It all comes down to 1 thing – living your own LIFE in a world with 7 Billion people!

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