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Before And After: New Ad Shows Drug Users Undergoing Shocking Physical Transformation After Years of Addiction (Graphic Photos)

A new anti-drug advertisement shows the  devastating physical transformation addicts experience after years of meth  use. 

The photos, that show a shocking Dorian  Gray-like deterioration, were compiled from mug shots of drug users that were  arrested repeatedly over the years.

The continued drug use caused horrific damage  to the drug users’ skin with sores and scarring – that can be caused by  uncontrollable scratching during a hallucination when the addict imagines bugs  are crawling under their skin.

Additional changes seen in the ad, produced by  Rehabs.com, include the so-called ‘meth mouth’ caused by decay and grinding.

Users also progressively  began to look  gaunt, brought on by malnutrition as the drug suppresses a person’s appetite and  the body can begin to consume muscle tissue due  to the lack of proper  nutrition.

The concept for this kind of ad was actually  conceived in 2004, by Deputy Bret King from the Multnomah County Sheriff’s  Office in Oregon.

The officer began tracking mugshots of people  who were brought in to police custody more than once.

Over the years he began to witness the  physical transformation that occurred in methamphetamine addicts.

He decided to compile the photos for an  anti-drug campaign in December 2004 – to educate children on the realities of  the drug.

‘I’ve made it my business to go  through the  mug shot system every day. I’ll admit it: I’m looking for  the most extreme  faces,’ he told The  Oregonian in 2004 about the  project.

The recent video and  pictorial from Rehabs.com comes after a 2011 photo spread from the Oregon police, ‘From Drugs to Mugs,’ that shows the impact of all hard drugs including cocaine, heroin and meth.

‘Everyone experiments at  college or school and I want From Drugs to Mugs to show kids that everyone in  those pictures started on cannabis, they didn’t just dive head first into  heroin.’

‘So I ask the students at  schools to look at these people and think about their actions, otherwise that  could end up being you,’ Deputy King said in 2011.

The Multnomah Sheriff’s  Office has also produced a heart-wrenching educational documentary to aid in its  fight against young people turning to drugs.

‘I want to be able to  illustrate the connection between that first decision to use drugs and then down  the road when it’s a horrible mess,’ King said.

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

In the 48-minute video,  Drug Enforcement Administration officers are interviewed about how they find and  arrest drug abusers.

Deputy King added testimony  from Multnomah County jail inmates who had been arrested in burglaries and other  crimes that have been linked to drug use.

It is Deputy King’s hope  that the video will show teens how easy it is to fall into drug  habits.

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