Before and after pictures show the long term effects of drug use. Picture: Rehabs.com
Before and after pictures show the long term effects of drug use. Picture: Rehabs.com

Before and after pics show reality of drug addiction

A DRUG charity has released a harrowing series of photos to show the horrifying effects drug addiction has on a user's face.

The shocking mugshots, taken at various stages in the addicts’ lives, show dramatic changes in their looks in just a few years.

Picture: Rehabs.com
Picture: Rehabs.com

Campaigners from the charity Rehabs hope that releasing the pictures will discourage people from using drugs.

Picture: Rehabs.com
Picture: Rehabs.com

Bad skin, spots and sores are present on many of the faces, which also age much more rapidly than normal.

Picture: Rehabs.com
Picture: Rehabs.com

All the men and women pictured were regular users of substances including cocaine, heroin, meth and oxycodone.

Rehabs also issued a frightening list of the effects of each of the drugs on the way the users look.

Picture: Rehabs.com
Picture: Rehabs.com

It included, cellulite, weight loss, abscesses and scabs for heroin and facial sores and tooth decay for Meth.

The American charity have recently conducted surveys on how seeing ravaged faces of drug users puts people off using themselves.

Picture: Rehabs.com
Picture: Rehabs.com

In a poll of 1600 adults 89.3 per cent said that seeing the physical effects made them less likely to abuse drugs.

Picture: Rehabs.com
Picture: Rehabs.com

It also found that after seeing the pictures, 72.7 per cent were more likely to support greater access to treatment for those struggling with substance use disorders.

Picture: Rehabs.com
Picture: Rehabs.com

This article originally appeared on The Sun.

 

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Before and after pictures show the long term effects of drug use. Picture: Rehabs.com
Before and after pictures show the long term effects of drug use. Picture: Rehabs.com
Picture: Rehabs.com
Picture: Rehabs.com

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