Saturday, February 26, 2011

From Drugs to Mugs... Pictures that say it all

If you know me or are a dedicated reader of my blog, you’ll know that I’m a nurse. Albeit a nurse for itty bitty ones, but a nurse nonetheless. So I am naturally drawn to articles about medicine, health, and wellness... and I felt like this issue was worthy of sharing.

 I was scanning MSNBC the other day and came across a very interesting article about recreational drugs. A new antidrug campaign for teenagers had been created, and it targeted what is important to those adolescents – self-image and “fitting in.” 

One doesn’t have to be a nurse to know that drugs like meth and cocaine are bad. During clinicals (in school), however, I commonly saw the “after” effects of dangerous addictions. One “just a try to get high” turns into a slippery slope of irrational thinking, job loss, money woes, and disappointment of friends and family. What doesn’t get broadcast as much is the ‘hyper-aging’ that occurs and the irreparable effect on the body that can occur within months

This anti-drug campaign, “From Drugs to Mugs” focuses simply on the pictures, and the metamorphosis that occurs once the addiction takes hold. 

Below are some of the pictures from the program… take note of the years from the “before” and “after” pictures.  Astonishing, huh?

Want to read more? Visit the MSNBC article.

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