Before & After Mug Shots Discourage Teen Drug Use

These photos demonstrate to teens the toll addiction can take on physical appearance.

If the recent downward spirals of some top celebs aren’t enough to persuade teens and young adults to avoid drugs, perhaps appealing to their vanity will do the trick. That’s the thinking of officials from the sheriff’s office in Multnomah County, Ore.

The department has put together a short film comparing the photos of addicts when they were first arrested to the photos of them only a short time later, after only a few months or few years of drug use. The change in appearance is remarkable. Initially, many of the addicts arrested were  attractive, only to have their appearance ruined by their addiction. The effects include lost teeth, premature aging, pockmarked faces and more.

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Robin has been covering the security and campus law enforcement industries since 1998 and is a specialist in school, university and hospital security, public safety and emergency management, as well as emerging technologies and systems integration. She joined CS in 2005 and has authored award-winning editorial on campus law enforcement and security funding, officer recruitment and retention, access control, IP video, network integration, event management, crime trends, the Clery Act, Title IX compliance, sexual assault, dating abuse, emergency communications, incident management software and more. Robin has been featured on national and local media outlets and was formerly associate editor for the trade publication Security Sales & Integration. She obtained her undergraduate degree in history from California State University, Long Beach.

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