Even the most hardened drug user knows this fact: Drugs can be very bad for you.
But just how bad they can be is revealed in this series of mugshots of people who have been unable to beat their addictions.
Their mugshots were revealed by the American Addiction Centers website.
They show the heartbreaking effect years of abuse of meth, heroin, cocaine or marijuana can have on a person.
They estimate that nearly 20million Americans above the age of 12 struggled with drug abuse in 2017, many of whom are going untreated.
The website states: Driven by their addictions, many drug users engage in risky behaviours that can result in jail time. In fact, almost half of the prison population in the United States are jailed for drug-related offences.
Along with the emotional toll an addiction can take on a persons life, drug abuse can also cause physical effects to addicts.
For example, continued abuse of crystal meth can cause whats referred to as “meth mouth”, when a drug users teeth begin to crack and decay. Additionally, meth abusers may experience sores on both their faces and bodies as a result of picking at their skin.
Having a sense and understanding of the physical effects caused by the ongoing use of various substances like these of meth can help loved ones identify signs of possible drug abuse in users.
What cocaine does to your body
In the short term it will lead to dilated pupils, increase in heart and breathing rates, and bursts of energy and confidence.
In the long term it gets more serious. It can cause elevated blood pressure, strokes, heart attacks and damage to the liver, lungs and kidneys.
It also permanently damages blood vessels in the heart and brain.
As it suppresses the appetite, long-term use can lead to malnutrition and drastic weight loss.
There is also, of course, the effect it can have on the nose – the destruction of the nostrils, septum and columella (the bit that separates your nostrils).