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Meth: Before and After

Discussion in 'Methamphetamine / Meth' started by blur92, Jan 31, 2015.

  1. blur92

    blur92 Senior Contributor

    Heads up--This article contains some intense photos:

    The physical effects make my stomach churn. The first set of the girl is horrendous...I cannot begin to comprehend how she feels. Then again, her mind has probably been preoccupied with the drug. Can someone explain how her face became so distorted? I understand meth addicts will begin to pick at their face, and the lack of appetite causes a hollow look; but her skin looks like it has puffed out and is sagging down.

    All those photos are heart wrenching. You see what they looked like before, and even though they look somewhat hopeless and unhappy, there is still a glimmer of life in their eyes. In the after photographs they hardly appear conscious. It is almost zombie like. Wow.
  2. Nergaahl

    Nergaahl Community Champion

    I've seen these photos many times before. To be honest, I think some of them are photoshopped, to achieve a more dramatic look and put the fear into people who are thinking of trying meth. And yes, some of the meth faces are creepy as hell. Even after the recovery they won't be themselves again. If there would be a recovery.
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  3. blur92

    blur92 Senior Contributor

    Photoshopped to that extreme, though? It has to be believable. I still can't think of what would make her face sag like that. I agree, it's possible they have been edited, but they would keep it within realistic standards.
  4. AFKATafcar

    AFKATafcar Community Champion

    I highly doubt meth before and after pictures are photoshopped. It's one of the few drugs where I've seen the effects of abuse in an acquaintance. They looked like an entirely different person, almost ragged and destitute. Honestly, meth does a number on the body, and some people might recover their spirits, but they'll never recover from the physical damage that the drug does to their bodies.
  5. sammy

    sammy Active Contributor

    I have to agree with you on this, especially that first photograph in the series. The girl's face seems to be bloated and it almost has a clownish effect. I realize that meth severely effects peoples physical appearance and I do think that warning photos are probably good for those who are thinking about trying it or maybe have tried it a few times. For anyone else who is truly addicted, I doubt these photos make a difference.
  6. Nergaahl

    Nergaahl Community Champion

    Yeah, though the first picture looks almost unrealistic. I mean, how is that even possible?

    And I wonder if they could recover their life in their eyes at least. They look like zombies!
  7. matt1rl

    matt1rl Member

    Meth is seriously a horrible drug. Just like people who huff paint and that, it destroys you physically. I remember watching the cops show and seeing all the meth addicts out west when they arrest them. So skinny, and malnourished, missing teeth. It really is sad. I have never seen it in person, we do not really have much of a meth problem up north here. It is more of an opiate problem than anything, but even that takes its toll on your looks, if not as drastically.
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  8. blur92

    blur92 Senior Contributor

    Yeah, her face is so bad which led me to ask how the drugs caused it. You see the other photos and none of them show the same swollen, sagging skin. I don't even know how to describe it. Looking gaunt and underweight is an understandable side effect because meth depletes your appetite. But what would cause the skin to bloat and sag in that way?
  9. Metalhead

    Metalhead Member

    This was the essay topic for my exam last week.
    It's got a lot to do with the culture and stigmas that exist in society and among police mainly. A lot of jurisdictions are trying to introduce laws that make police issue court orders and fines etc for minor offences and also encourage courts to use rehabilitation instead of retribution for drug offences. But the problem is that it's so ingrained in our society that druggos are scumbags and they wont get help unless forced through arrests and deserve to rot in jail that its very difficult to change attitudes
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  10. Shimus

    Shimus Community Champion

    Photoshop. I know some of these photos to be doctored up from their stock storys or images, but the story they are trying to relate is not a bad one, it's trying to teach morals and understanding of a horrible world. They just overemphasize some photos, because truly there had to be "lifestyle" changes between some of the "before" and "After" photos. It wasn't all the drug.
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  11. blur92

    blur92 Senior Contributor

    I am definitely in favor of using rehabilitation centers in place of retributive punishment for drug offenses. I think most people end up in that spot due to mental health issues. They need help. Putting them in prison only increases the likelihood that they will continue their drug habit, it will get worse, or the will add more substances to what they are already abusing.
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  12. Shimus

    Shimus Community Champion

    Blur said it the best, I'm all for it too. Throwing them inside a jail solves nothing other than they'll make contacts, get back out, and do it again. Rehabs teach you not to do it, so after a drug related offense, parole and necessary rehab should be enforced.
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  13. Rob93FL

    Rob93FL Senior Contributor

    A meth lab blew up and she suffered severe burns. She has since had plastic surgery.
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  14. blur92

    blur92 Senior Contributor

  15. JoshPosh

    JoshPosh Community Champion

    I'm from Hawaii, and the Meth problem is huge!!! I've seen relatives and close friends deteriorate in a matter of months. They take the damn drug, they can't sleep, the don't eat, and what happens from there? They become weak and frail because of a lack of sleep and no nourishments to their bodies. They slowly wither away into a shell of their former selves.
  16. blur92

    blur92 Senior Contributor

    I never realized Hawaii had such a meth problem. I thought it was mostly dominant in states like Oregon. This is news to me and very sad to hear.
  17. Rosyrain

    Rosyrain Community Champion

    I don't think these photos are photo shopped in any sort of way. I have seen people deteriorate after using meth and it is disgusting to watch really. They start to scratch at their faces and develope a twitch. Meth has so many chemicals in it that just rot your body and teeth. My friend lost a bunch of teeth after only a couple years using the stuff.
  18. blur92

    blur92 Senior Contributor

    Yeah, it does wear a personally physically and internally. The only reason I would suspect Photoshop being used is because of the first picture. It is nothing like the others and extremely disturbing. However, now that I know it was due to some other factors rather than abusing the drug alone I doubt Photoshop was used.
  19. Matthodge1

    Matthodge1 Community Champion

    I have never fully understood what makes a person want to try meth in the first place. The aftereffects are absolutely horrid and make me sick to my stomach. It destroys families, lives and your physical well being. Seriously, no one should do meth and if that is not evident enough, then it needs to be.
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  20. blur92

    blur92 Senior Contributor

    I think it results from a lack of care. They feel like no one is there for them. There is something probably emotionally painful due to past events that they struggle to cope with. I am not providing excuses, but I do think this contributes to people trying drugs such as meth. In society, it is generally well known how bad drugs can be for an individual. I don't think anyone tries something thinking it won't be harmful.