Faces of Meth

Submitted by: fancylad 9 years ago in Science
http://www.drugfree.org/Portal/DrugIssue/MethResources/faces/photo_8.html

If you"re considering doing meth, take a look at this attractive collection of users first. Safe for work, but gross.
There are 197 comments:
Male 583
some off yhem look worse beforehand
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Male 1,129
Like bone thugs and harmony said. Lets ride Lets ride Lets ride Lets ride, get high, get high, get high, get high..
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Female 21
Meth use is very high in my area...I feel bad for the helpless children of meth users.
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Female 233
stfu max normal
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Female 10
Sheeeeps, meth is made of a mass potpourri of chemical cleaners and basic household stuff. The chemicals in it, unless completely perfectly balanced to null the effect, eat through the skin and pores. Those are the red spots that are circular.

Now, meth also causes a slight form of paranoia where you think bugs are crawling over and under your skin. Users often will try to claw them out and leave long red slash marks on their face and limbs because of such.

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Female 429
Why does meth give you red spots? Is there something I`m missing?

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me too. eww.
keep your dirty filthy drugs away from me.

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Female 330
Why does meth seem to make people grow more hair?
One of those guys grew a full beard in two months... and one of them looked balding and a year later he had a huge beard and lots of hair....
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Male 1,129
I dont look like that. haha j/k been clean for 2 years
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Male 500
Maaaan americans are fugly, I mean before the meth.
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Male 1,275
>=/
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Male 1,275
In what world dows this cure bordness
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Male 1,275
pfft
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Female 163
Different hair and some scabs. Otherwise they look the same to me. *Shrugs.*
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Female 662
They look so lifeless afterwards.
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Female 47
eeeeeewwwwwwwww
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Female 45
They didn`t look too healthy to start with..
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Male 340
I`m not coming back to this comment section, sorry, so don`t bother trying to argue any more of my points... Later.
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Male 340
"Be careful, Hydrsylate, that you are not still smoking pot and living with your parents at 25"

Actually I`m sober and have been on probation for 6 months. Probation for getting into a fight with my brother and hitting him, not for drug use. There`s nothing great about it, but I can`t choose to "ruin" my life by enjoying it every once in a while.

Your brother chose to ruin his life, the weed played only a minor part in it. Marijuana has no physically addictive properties. He chose to smoke it in the way he did for the length of time he did and he had COMPLETE control over every aspect of that. There was NOTHING holding him back from quitting it and he didn`t have to quit using it. Moderation is how some of the most successful people on Earth have gotten by with drugs.

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Male 107
weed`s legal where i am ^^ (away from shady dealers)
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Male 6
Most people who smoke pot don`t even view it as illegal until the cops roll up anyway...

The whole point of legalizing it is to seperate it from drat like meth and other hard drugs. It gives people who smoke pot a way to access it safely, away from shady dealers and the other risks of anything acquired on the black market while also gaining valuable tax dollars.

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Female 67
what ever happened to people just smoking pot instead of this poo?
*sigh*
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Male 292
just so you know pabasa people don`t do drugs just cause they are illegal, some do, but the majority don`t.

many reasons for taking drugs but to rebel is the poorest excuse used by very few. the other reasons are usually quite weak but still legalising it wouldn`t certainly mean more usage of other drugs. i personally think the usage would go down. but hey not a huge amount of evidence on the matter, allthough i do believe in amsterdam they haven`t experienced high rises in user numbers from the local area.

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Female 876
Do you get leprosy from Meth or something?
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Male 4,012
Oh and after doing some internet reading (read: not 100% reliable), I`ve discovered that marijuana/pot is in no way more of a threat to society than alcohol is (in fact alcohol is probably more dangerous).

The risk of legalizing it, though is that people will be looking for another illegal drug to use. It`s only human nature to rebel against rules after all. If you can promise that people won`t be smuggling other drugs in after legalizing pot, it`s worth legalizing. But based on my knowledge on human nature, I`m not betting anything on it.

My stand remains the same on all other aspects of the lives of others. Do whatever the hell you want. You have every right to do so. But if it starts to damage my life, get ready for battle.

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Female 1,412
Lol check out the Borat look-a-like! Can anyone explain why they all have like..weird marks on their faces?
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Female 23
Mike only stopped using pot by moving to a remote island where access to it was limited. His friends back home all still use heavily, and guess what? While Mike was away sorting his life out and gaining new skills his friends remained living with their parents and smoking pot every night of the week. None of them have managed to hold down a job for more than 6 months and they are now all in their mid twenties. Ok, so these are not lives ruined in the same way that Meth ruins lives but they are certainly lives being carelessly wasted. Be careful, Hydrsylate, that you are not still smoking pot and living with your parents at 25
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Female 23
Several pages ago Hydrosylate asked for an actual story of Pot ruining a life. Ok, so this life was ruined but it was changed and this story is worth bearing in mind. My brother started smoking pot at 14 and was smoking heavily by 16. That is, he didn`t believe he could sleep without several large joints before bed and he`d also be smoking during the day with his mates. The upshot? Well, apart from being kicked out of two schools and gaining no qualifications nothing major. But now, looking back he says that he can remember almost nothing about a three year period of his life. He claims it`s because pot affects the way you sleep and so you do not dream and make memories properly. I don`t know whether that is true but it is worth considering that altough he claimed adamantly at the time that he was having fun and it did him no harm he now regrets that period in his life and thinks he wasted it.
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Female 1,395
saw years ago but still sad to compare...esp the guy with the haunted eyes. Theres a middle aged woman in there tho that im not sure is the same person in before and after. In the first pic her nose is very pointy and in the second its all wide...even if she`d been repeatedly thunmped in the nose its doesnt look right to me YET the eyebrows are the same so it must be her =D what a waste of finger energy i just deployed.
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Female 406
Some of them creeped me out a bit before they started using it. Thank you meth, for the zombie apocalypse you`ve started.
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Male 292
^ you low life piece of crap, i wish i could dump you in a river^

kaseyface, sorry but that was all so wrong. firstly you were describing a mental addiction not a physical one, your body would have craved getting cut constantly if it were physical not just when you got angry. that shows it is all about emotion, not about your bodys biology.

also no offence, but you cut yourself with your nails? and cleaned them up so they didn`t scar?

i used to use a knife, and funnily enough i was doing it cause i was angry, and again funnily enough i therefore didn`t think about scars n alike. as a result i do have scars, but they were pretty deep, so i don`t think i couldn`t have done much about them. so yeah all and all i think you might be a little wrong in all you said.

sorry.

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Male 695
gather all of them up and dump them in a river
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Female 695
Amy Winehouse bears a striking resemblance to these meth users.
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Male 192
naked
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Male 4,004
I doubt anyone will read this far, but I was raised in a bad town, and lost a good friend a while back to drugs.

RED SPOTS!
From scratching. They scratch because the body/brain wants the drug. It`s the brain fighting to get the drug. At the time they were scratching, the fact that they didn`t have the drug hurt a hell of a lot more than the little scratches. they also do have a lowered hygiene, AKA bathing and regular haircuts/shaving and toothbrushes, mostly, because the drug addiction "need" was stronger than the proper personal hygiene "need". And the skin is also in poor condition, because of malnutrition, most of them look famished, partially, because the need for the drug was stronger than the need for financial security, so they lost their house and food and family and friends....DRUGS!

People joke, I joke, but cocaine, crack, meth, extasy and heroin are devastating even to the smartest people who were simply looking for a one night thrill...

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Female 1,572
I`ve seen a lot of these at
methisdeath
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Male 592
that one guy kinda looked like seann william scott if you put him on an island for 8 yrs (or got him addicted to meth).
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Male 114
You`d think that judging by these pictures, if meth addicts spend so much time awake, then why don`t they spend the time on personal hygeine? ...hmmm...
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Male 297
oh and kasey...thank you for sharing. i`ve never cut but i`ve been close friends with people who have, and i understand how difficult it is to stop, and how much courage it took for you to talk about it.
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Male 297
i`ve seen those pics so many times before...i live in riverside county, california, which is considered to be one of the worst places when it comes to meth use...they have those pictures on billboards. i`ll never touch that poo. pot yeah, shrooms maybe, meth, coke, heroin, never.
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Male 3,296
nobody gives a sh|t casey
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Male 3,296
look its whatinthe42o`s mother
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Male 194
not all tweakers look like that, i know a couple
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Female 466
IAB aught to be commended for showing the youth just what this drug does!!!! For all who have tried it, got off of it, fantastic, keep it up!! Please don`t ever try it if you never have, just from a mom,friend and sister...
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Female 466
Meth, suppresses the appetite.They stay up for days at a time.They pick at their skin, like bugs are in it.If they Make the crap,the crap "pops" and they get sores all over their arms.It is addicting after the FIRST time it is done!Have an acquaintance who lost everything he owned because of it,house/vehicles/job etc, my brother is in jail 10yrs for it,it is a very horrible man made drug!! Turns ok people into lunatics,that will do anything to get it! The before and after pictures aren`t gross, they are sad!! Police/Govt.should quit with the pot busts,they have a far greater epidemic to deal with!!!!! Just my I haven`t smoked pot in years opinion!! Waste of funds arresting pot smokers, spend the money on the Meth heads! Arrest,treatment(in patient facility),and get their heads out of they`re asses to rid us of it!!!!!
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Female 221
Even three years later I still struggle a little with these problems when those feelings come up. I am proud to say I`ve only had a small relapse, and I am recovering. I am a little embarrassed to be sharing something so personal, but I just hope that if someone is struggling with the same thing that this helps (once again, TELL SOMEONE! It is scary and uncomfortable to start, but soon it provides a release that is so much better than any cut could provide).
Cutters cut for so many reasons. It can be for attention, for a distraction, out of curiosity, a love of pain, and so many other things. And for many (not all) it definitely IS a physical addiction.
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Female 221
I got scared when I realized what could happen and decided not to do it again. But a situation got bad again, and I cut myself at that peak moment before I had even thought about it. It continued that way for a long time. I always told myself that it wasn`t that bad and that I could stop anytime (I would just use my fingernails, and I took care of the cuts so I did not scar). I finally realized that I was a full-fledged cutter and freaked out and decided to stop. So the next time I got angry, I got to that peak moment of anger, and when I did not cut, I stayed there. Every time I would not cut, I would hyperventilate, my heart rate rose considerably, I would shake uncontrollably, and I had all of the physical symptoms of panic. Those things would not stop unless I cut (I would hyperventilate so bad I felt like I was going to pass out).
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Female 221
(this will not fit into one comment, so keep reading)
All of you who say that cutting is not physically addictive is wrong (in most cases). It is not always just because that person likes pain or is masking emotional pain. Some use it as a method to control outbursts and stuff.
When I cut, it was always at times when something was making me really really angry (there is a degree of verbal abuse that comes up sometimes in my house). It was at a time when I was young enough that the only thing I could do was sit there and take it until it blew over. Over the years it got worse, and I would get even more angry. One time at the peak of the anger I got accidentally cut by something, and all of a sudden then anger was *gone*. I was curious, so the next time I reached that peak of anger (right before you start rationalizing and calm down a bit), I gave myself a small scratch, and it worked again.
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Male 340
Concetra = Concerta I assume.
Concerta = Methylphenidate.
Methylphenidate = Isomer of methamphetamine.

Basically meth for kids if that`s how you view it. You don`t have much a place contributing to anti-meth stuff here in that case.

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Male 68
Totally insane.
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Female 412
It`s pretty sad, I`ve seen that face on myself, in a form - no red spots, but I look at how far I`ve come now and I would NEVER go back again.

1 year with no drugs or cigarettes in two weeks and I`m proud, I had a 7 year stint of a variety of things - everything but heroin really, why did I do it? Cause it makes you feel so good, eventually all it did was make me feel really bad. I`m no goof either, have done well at school and hold a great job.

You can`t judge other people about it, most people have addictions at some stage. Some people just eat, a lot, they get obese, others are addicted to healthier things like sport etc.

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Male 6
I don`t see how someone hitting a bong on his couch watching Cartoon Network is hurting anyone...
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Male 2,049
@ Tjames

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Male 4,012
Yeah, that`s basically what I said: what`s a couple billion dollars wasted on war on drugs vs the trillion dollars wasted on the war on iraq?

If people wanted to complain about the government wasting money it should be directed to the discussion about the war, primarily.

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Male 294
Male 564
Pabasa, hate to break it to you...
But the war debt in Iraq has peeked over 10 trillion dollars USD.
As for this drug discussion, I completely agree with most people. Drugs are terrible things that to terrible things to one`s body. If anyone`s seen Law and Order in the states, they know almost every episode is filled with someone getting money for crack this and it was a homocide because he was hooked that.
Completely outragous.
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Male 340
They thought there were bugs under their skin, it happened to me with my prescribed medicine and it`s not fun. It`s the combined effect of the drug and lack of sleep. It stops though if someone tells you you`re hallucinating.
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Female 233
EWWWWW!! Why did they get scabs all on their faces? That is nightmare inducing. Got da**! lol They need Proactiv, and some soap and water.
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Female 859
gawd... thats attractive...
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Male 4,012
A gun helps, andto (cba to type nor copy+paste).

Go to bed.

*warning! joke! I do not own a gun! Don`t start a gun debate on me now!*

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Female 192
central*
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Female 192
it`s not even 9 pm in the cenral US and I agree w/ pabasa
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Male 252
Same here. But at this ungodly hour, these pictures make me think less of the US governments policies and more of zombie attacks. *locks door*
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Male 136
I enjoy my substances, but Meth is firmly on the nono list.

Perhaps if we had more sensible drug laws people would not be so inclined to pursue this incredibly dirty drug.

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Male 4,012
Still 1.45 A.M. over here. And tomorrow`s a holiday.

:-D

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Male 4,012
Yeah, it opens up a new perspective. I really shouldn`t be coughing out government policies as my own.
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Male 252
Pabasa, I envy your ability to articulate and be rational at 2 in the morning.
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Male 4,012
However, I do not thing legalizing drugs will help much. Drugs are still health risks, even as smoking and alcohol are, and should not be `promoted` (can`t think of a proper word).

Legalizing it is only going to add more risks to teenagers who are filled with incipent mortality with alcohol and cigarettes being available to them.

And money? US government is already wasting billions on the war in iraq. What`s a couple of billions to reduce the risks of drug abuse?

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Male 340
At least I helped in some way. :\
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Male 4,012
Final statements of the night:

I have personal problems against drugs in general, and by extension, smoking and alcohol. I`ve voiced my opinions on this matter this evening with the intention to let you know that I don`t like drugs, and it`s not something you should be taking.

Throughout this evening, my perspective has shifted, although the core still remains, thanks to the efforts of various people (and hydro`s video helped a lot). You`re right, the government`s involvement is for the wrong reasons.

But, even though the pro-drug people are saying that they have every right to ruin themselves by taking drugs, unfortunately, from where I stand, people who take drugs also are capable of affecting others around them, so I still say no to drugs.

So my personal stance remains. I`ll still be suspicious of drugs, alcohol, and smoking. The law however isn`t quite right.

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Male 252
So meth gives you acne and bouncy, full hair. You take the rough with the smooth I guess.

P.S: THIS IS A JOKE.

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Male 814
nooooooo!!!! I don`t wanna look like a redneck!!
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Male 4,012
Hydrolysate, I`m currently watching it. It`s right. It`s more of rebelling against the war, though.

But the problem is that drug addicts are not causing damage only to themselves, but onto others as well. And this applies to smoking and alcohol too. And guess what, I have issues with smokers and drunkards as well. My brother in law was a drunkard and basically terrorizes my sister and her children if he comes back home drunk. Yeah I`m suspicious of drunks as well.

Is my wariness towards druggies more justified now?

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Male 340
Gotcha.
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Male 292
i`ll watch the vids in the mornin hydrolysate, promise.
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Male 292
sadly no, i`m england. but i`ll tell ya what my msn is [email protected] and if you can be arsed to finish this debate off at any point i will be happy to.

P.s. if anyone else whats to do that or just send me some crappy mail or whatever feel free.

ciao

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Male 340
Watch those videos Pabasa, seriously. I don`t care if it changes your opinions or not, just watch it dude.
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Male 4,012
But I`m not done yet!!!! :( :(

As I said, I don`t think all druggies are robbers. But I`ve seen enough correlation to be suspicious. And yes, I`m suspicious of you too happyshopper. You`re not in ireland by any chance ye?

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Male 292
anyways it is like 1 in the morning here and i aint gonna be able to hit score till the morning so i best go and secure some assets the only way i know how... that`s rite robbing pabasa. if anyone else is interested it is rather easy, i don`t thinhk he locks his doors or somthing.

anyways night x

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Male 170
So Meth messes up your hair, grows beards, and scratches your faces up?

lol

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Male 340
Here guys, I recommend you all take a half hour out of your day and watch this nice little piece of work. I highly recommend it to tell the truth.

Part 1: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0HD6B94RU...
Part 2: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y-lEm-IYu...
Part 3: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GVRUpmlEX...

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Male 292
pabasa, you still miss it. i never said drugs were good for you, i never said they didn`t lower your immune system. i am just saying your wooly logic sucks my hairy balls (sorry i thought it needed to be brought down a peg or several) i don`t like how 5 druggies robbing you makes all drug uses criminals (and no, not all drug users are criminals by definition, so there) and yeah just the way you talk about them, i don`t like it. that is why i am arguing with you
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Male 340
Meth isn`t as addicting as they tell you.
Here, go watch this and absorb what the media tells you. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qyXFN4ocN...
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Male 292
sunsetxluv22, sorry i don`t think you are really bringing enough to the table of debate here. you nearly had it with the wtf. but alas it wasn`t meant to be, either say why we are wrong or don`t say anything. simply saying your wrong doesn`t cut it.
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Female 450
Adamtastic, ok let`s not continue anymore. I could get into an arguement with you, but frankly, we both have good points. Besides, looks like there`s enough people arguing on here already! :-)
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Male 4,012
okies, so I`ll just let this turn into an `I don`t need to convince you` argument.

happyshopper - uncontrolled use of drugs (especially the dangerous ones) are bad for your health anyway. As mentioned in the earlier pages, meth for example reduces your body`s immunity thus making you more at risk of diseases.

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Female 738
Meth is a scary drug. It`s entirely lab-produced, so all sorts of insane stuff goes into it; it`s one of the most addicting- some argue harder to kick than heroin...
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Male 292
you don`t understand pabasa, i am not trying to change your mind about anything. i am just pointing out why you are so wrong in what you believe.

You say drugs are bad so mater of factly that it is painful. drugs are bad on the whole, yes probably, but the way you go on about it makes me think, `my god they still make people like this` its not as simple as you were taught when you were in school

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Male 66
sunset, yes the battle would be solved by legalizing them because there would no longer be a battle. People will ALWAYS take drugs, fighting it only adds to the problem.
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Male 66
pointless maybe, but its still fun
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Male 340
To a degree it`s pointless but it`s fun nonetheless.
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Female 414
yes it is
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Male 4,012
What`s the purpose of arguing?

To persuade or influence another by presenting reasons.

I`m never going to persuade you guys that I beleive that drug addictions are bad, and you guys will never give a convincing reason to me that drugs are fine.

Pointless, yes?

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Male 66
the problem is most of the voters are from an older, less well informed generation. So although alot of politicians know that it makes sense to legalise drugs, they won`t campaign for it because it would be career suicide.
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Male 292
yes i do

i think i just stated why at some length thank you very much, it is all sound reasoning aswell

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Male 340
If you expand your mind and allow it to think of more solutions, the problem is able to be solved. We never had a problem with drugs until the government said it was a problem. It`s simple as that.
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Male 292
i like the pic, but i like arguing more. i think i am making a good point i have stuff to back it up, you have. well. you have you getting robbed 5 times i guess. still don`t see the link to why drugs did that but hey. at least in my system you should have only got robbed say at least 2.38 times, with the state drugs being far cheaper. and less dangerous as they wouldn`t be cut with rat poison which also makes a nicer hit for the user. all round bonuses really.

find a flaw if you can

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Female 414
i mean really, do you think the battle against drugs will be solved by legalizing them?
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Male 340
^I didn`t get that...?
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Male 4,012
All 5 were arrested, and all 5 were drug addicts.
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Male 292
real problem you guys were once told drugs are bad and that`s all you here. if somethings bad it should be wiped out and all thing tied to it are also bad. open your minds and horizons, the world requires compromise, some crimes will always be, instead of fighting head on the bi latteral and then fad out is far more likely to succeed but it`s too risky because it makes you look soft on drugs, and no politician would ever want that
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Male 340
Cmon don`t use that old ass picture to cease the argument, it`s just getting good.
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Male 4,012
*sigh*

happyshopper, you and I will never agree on each other. I have totally opposite views from yours, and I`m not going to change it because of your perception of drugs and taxes, nor are you going to stop using pot because I said so.

Might as well we stop when we`re high (hehe pun), shake hands, and move on. Much better things to do in life than arguing on the internet, because:


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Male 340
adamtastic: "and one of the main benefits is that the country would save billions that they spend on fighting the drug war. which will never be won."

THIS.

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Male 292
good call adamtastic, see the masses have spoken. even if it`s just the 2 of us
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Male 292
wtf sunsetxluv. i mean wtf?


why say it, what does it mean. elaberate please

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Male 66
"personally i think legalising all drugs would be beneficial as it would mean greater regulation. cheaper drugs if state provided, less crime. clean equipment provided e.g. needles, this means less strain on health care and well less deaths, you could also provide more direct aid to the users, trying to get them off it as they would be coming to you directley."


and one of the main benefits is that the country would save billions that they spend on fighting the drug war. which will never be won.

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Male 340
Don`t give him a wtf. I agree with him.
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Male 292
pabasa you need to move, or get better locks or somthing. i hang around with drugged up no good sponges all the time, and hey i have been robbed once and i don`t know if they were after drug money, i am a little curious as to how you know they weren`t just thieves. some people just do it for money you know, not always for a hit
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Female 414
wtf happyshopper
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Male 66
If I had 5 fat people stealing my food in 3 years I`d be seriously pissed off.
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Male 292
p.s. to simply say it would increase use is wrong because we have seen when they used to have opium dens the level of users and problems was actually lower then when they got rid of them.
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Male 340
Marijuana is NOT a gateway drug. Never has been and you spreading that propaganda BULLCRAP is not going to fly here.
Cigarettes are gateway drugs. What? Yeah it`s the truth.
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Male 4,012
Of course one case does not change one`s perspective on life adamtastic, but I`ve had 5. If I had 5 fat people stealing my food in 3 years I`d be suspicious of fat people as well.

I`m not ignoring special cases. But my view is that my first perception of a drug addict is bad first, until they can prove otherwise (like happyshopper).

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Male 292
pabas you sir are a fool. guess what, drugs are illigal because.. wait for it... IT IS UNTAXABLE. they couldn`t get the same revenue that they get from booze and fags otherwise they would legalise them. or ban the others because those 2 cost more and cause more problems then all the illegal drugs combined, look it up if you don`t believe it.

Also pot is particularly bad but doesn`t really achieve anything either. and yes i do smoke pot. personally i think legalising all drugs would be beneficial as it would mean greater regulation. cheaper drugs if state provided, less crime. clean equipment provided e.g. needles, this means less strain on health care and well less deaths, you could also provide more direct aid to the users, trying to get them off it as they would be coming to you directley.

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Male 340
RAWR STOP WITH THE LOST GAME LINK 643197!!!

Agreed adam...alcohol is much worse than quite a few drugs you`ll find.

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Male 66
susset, im sorry but that`s just not true.
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Female 414
marijuana kind of acts like a gateway drug. when you gain tolerance to the drug you crave a high like your first one, and you go to harder, and thus more addictive, drugs.

^health class :P

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Male 66
i think it all just comes down to good drugs and bad drugs, unfortunatly a lot of the good drugs are illegal (weed) and the bad ones legal (alcohol and tobacco)
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Male 1,078
wow.
im not doin meth ne time soon.

www.lost.eu/743d9

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Male 4,012
And I never proclaimed as `the righteous anti-drug master` or whatever. My battle against drug addicts is a personal one. I`m just putting out the story here to participate, as you have, happyshopper.

About the `they deserve it`,you`re right, I don`t know their backstory and stuff. But as I said, I cannot find sympathy for them in my heart because of what I`ve gone through.

Of course there are special cases. I know that. But insofar as how my life has been, I do not foresee a change in how addicts affects my life as of this moment. But your own experience is giving me a new perspective, so I don`t know, we`ll see. I`m still cautious.

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Male 340
I deserve that but.. honestly please post some stories of people`s lives that have been ruined by marijuana. I don`t want stories of people in jail for posession or use of it, I want someone who has ended up like a "faces of meth" person. Do this for me then I`ll honor your proposal.
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Male 66
`I have every right to dislike drug addicts in general.`
Just becuase something bad has happened to you (and im sorry about your mum that`s pretty messed up) doesn`t give you a right to dislike a whole group of people. if a fat guy stole some of your food, would you then hate ALL fat people?
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Male 292
sunsetxluv22, sorry but i think there is a need to get angry when you say eating, cutting is as bad as hard drug addiction. no it is not.

i guess you could argue that when you eat or cut.... no sorry, there is no arguement. your body physically craves smack or crack or whatever. you crave food and cuts. thats the difference. i mean you still crave the drug, but aswell as emotionally wanting it your body biologically demands it from you. it doesn`t do that when you cut or pig out, sorry. oh and speaking as an ex grade A user, and someone who used to cut i think i kind of have you there.

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Female 414
tisk tisk! *slaps hydrolysate`s wrists*
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Male 340
NO. BAD PABASA. Smoking pot doesn`t ruin ANYONE`S life and will never.
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Male 340
I`m more than educated in the way of amphetamines, happyshopper. I don`t think they`re bad and I know why people end up where they do with them. They aren`t life destroying drugs unless they`re used in certain ways.

The faces of meth? They just use the same couple people and pretend they`re the "new" faces of meth every year.

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Male 4,012
Look, there`s a reason why drug possession is illegal. On a large scale drug addiction has more negative impacts on society than any positive ones. Read the news. Of course there are non-drug addicts creating havoc, but comparing drug-addicts and non-addicts, addicts are noticeably doing more crime.

So you smoke pot and you didn`t let it ruin your life. Good for you. I sincerely honour your willpower.

But I`m afraid there are not enough tales of people like you in the media. Media`s fault? Maybe. But that, and my own personal experience, and with knowledge that apart from social problems, drug addiction also causes serious health issues (mind, I`m against smoking as well), I have every right to dislike drug addicts in general.

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Male 292
the real problem here apart from all the idiots just saying ooooo bad drugs, icky nasty blaah. is that none of us are really educated on this matter and are basing all we know about meths on these handful of photos. i know some of us will know a little more about it but i also know the majority won`t but will still speak as if they do.

personally i think it is a bad drug that can and has caused lots of problems, only reason i am bitching so much is all the mugs saying they deserve this because they took it. you don`t know sod all about these people`s lives if you were in thier shoes you too might have said alrite then, you know you were educated about drug abuse, were they?

also saying they knew the risks they deserve it, have you ever crossed the road? did you deserve to get hit by the bus, or even that speeding car? might not have been your fault but hey.. you knew the risks.

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Male 340
Point being the bugs do happen and stay away from amphetamines if you have a lack of sleep, it`s scary as all hell.
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Female 488
meth has recently been dubbed the most destructive new drug, and for obvious reasons. ick.
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Male 340
I`m prescribed an amphetamine for ADHD. A few days ago, over the weekend, something massively screwed up happened after my normal dose.

I was down a few days of sleep because it was the weekend and the meds keep me up. I decided to get up from the computer and go have a bathroom break.
I looked in the mirror, and my skin looked extremely dry - it looked like it was yellow + wrinkling up. My first instincts told me it was jaundice or dehydration and I panicked badly. I ran downstairs, drank 2 cups of water, then ran back up and got in the shower.
When I was in the shower, it went away..but something much worse came back. I looked at my leg and it appeared as if the skin was completely dry and wrinkled up...I started to rub lotion on it vigorously and thought there was a big bug crawling through my leg draining out all the moisture.
I freaked out, threw boxers on, and ran out to my mom rubbing my leg with lotion. She had to tell me I was hallucinating the whole time. It was sc

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Female 414
and technically, addictions like eating and cutting are as bad as drugs, because you physically and psychologically need to eat/cut.
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Female 141
Some girl told me I would lose weight using meth....I was like dude, when I put the fork down it isn`t because I am not going to have any teeth left.
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Female 414
happyshopper, no need to be so angryyy :P
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Female 141
Hmmmm... conclusion made: meth is bad.
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Male 66
neon, you said that taking drugs always ends up being a bad thing. I was just saying how that isn`t ALWAYS the case. I wasnt saying doing drugs is a good idea. (although ecstasy is drating amazing :)
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Female 22
eew... why do people do that to themselves
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Male 292
i am suprised no one else seems to have picked up on the fact that one dude seems to have changes ethnicity
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Female 450
Adamtastic, compare your friend`s outcome to the usual outcome. While a drug may have a beneficial impact on occasion, as far as I can tell, you don`t necessarily NEED a drug in order to realize you have a crap life and can do much a better. There are many, many people who know that they can do better and actually do it, without the help of drug.
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Male 82
The first dude looks a bit like Jethro Tull afterwards.
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Male 292
FYI sunsetxluv that aint the lesson, eating and cutting aren`t physically addictive in the same way meths, coke and herion are, sorry fact. the lesson is some drugs mess up some people some times. no one deserves to get thier lives ruined because you said no where they didn`t have the same restraint
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Male 16
That really is sad that people would do it to themselves...i mean look at the last blonde there...she was an attractive woman...but the meth made her into a poor version of britney spears...im no self righteous person who knocks drugs cuz really being a former pothead myself, I have no place to talk... but anything that would do this to you over time is obviously a terrible thing.
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Male 292
You are speaking crap and by saying they deserve it shows you aren`t the most caring person. arguabley these people have made mistakes by abusing themselves with this stuff,

but hey when the planet dies i guess you can`t be held accountable, i am sure someone as self ritgeous as yourself wouldn`t use cars or planes, or aerosols or even plastic products.

we all make mistakes saying we all deserve the conciquinces is really a rather silly way of putting it, don`t you think

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Female 414
yeah, lesson is, don`t start anything bad, or else you`ll get addicted. this counts for anything (eating, cutting, drugs, alchohol, etc)
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Male 292
pabasa you are a fool, `I`m making a bold sweeping statements about people who take drugs, and from personal experience, I have full justification of doing so`

that doesn`t make sense, bold sweeping statements are the sign of a moron who doesn`t really know but thinks that as it happened in his tiny sphere it is now universal.

a black man was once rude to me, therefore all black men are rude. hmmmm. a drug user robbed me ergo all druggies are muggers. i smoke pot, i have a job, i don`t rob people. oh no does this mean what i am abnormal. i have friends who do all kinds of drugs, they find thier money without robbing you.

Drugs have been around longer then we have been able to write about them, now is saying `wouldn`t do that if i was you` really going to stop it. NO.

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Male 4,012
As I said, different people, different results. But my point still holds: they decided to start using drugs. Regardless if you get addicted on the first try or the 8th, if you`re addicted it`s because you wanted to try it in the first place. If you`re not addicted, good for you. Most cases end up in addiction though, so the decision to start still counts.

Each case of addiction is unique, and the reasons for it can bring sympathy, and some may bring disgust. For me, after seeing my mum`s psyche after having the house being broken into so many times by druggies, it`s hard for me to find compassion for those jerks.

It may be different if I had a family member involved, but AFAIK none are addicted, so I cannot say how my feelings will turn. Who knows? My perspective may change if it happens (though I pray to God it doesn`t), but until then, the way drug addicts have impacted my life will prevent me from giving much sympathy.

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Female 414
thank you kaseyface :)
i told some of my friends when i finally realized that it was bad. they were supportive, thank god
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Female 427
Alright, I did a project on this in Highschool. I can give you the reason behind the red spots.

They are infected scabs. meth makes your immune system crash which means you are more more prone to infection. During a trip they feel things like bigs under their skin or they scratch to hard from something simple as an itch. Either way, wounds take longer to heal and they tend to always become infected. These kinds of scabs happen on almost everyone that takes hard drugs for a long period of time.

I live in vancouver, it has one of the largest population of addicts and a good chunk of them are homeless. This one homeless guy cut up his leg pretty bad. It became infect...months later maggots began eating the infection..yes maggots.

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Male 66
neon, most of the time but not always. My friend had been doing the same rubbish job for years, untill one day my other friend introduced him to ecstacy, after that weekend he decided to jack in his job move to france and live with relatives there to try and get the most out of life. He is now the happiest I have ever known him to be. Drugs like mushrooms, ecstacy and LSD can have a profoundly beneficial impact on your life aswell as a bad one.
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Female 221
em.
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Female 450
For those who say that drugs don`t always lead to results like we just saw, yeah you`re right.
Drugs can lead to WORSE results, worst case scenario, you or someone you know and love gets a major case of DEATH! And even if you end up slightly better than the results shown here, it`s still certainly not better than BEFORE you decided to do them. Consequences are negative, regardless of where they end up on your 1-10 consequence scale.
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Female 221
Thanks Adam!
And Pabasa, you are right. If they had never started there would not have been a problem. But isn`t pinning everything on that point (the first time) a little dramatic? Yes, they started and it was a very bad thing. But their whole addiction does not rest on that point. There are many people out there who have tried drugs a very small number of times without developing an addiction.
So if the whole issue here rested on whether they chose to try it or not, then what does that say about people who have just tried a few times? Are they just as bad? Many people may choose to just try it. No one decides to become addicted.

My cousin was a crack addict and has been in jail a lot. He cost my family lots of money, anxiety, and sadness. Nothing changed until my grandparents (whom he had hurt as well) took him in, started an intensive rehab program with him, and ultimately, showed him amazing amounts of compassion (as well as tough love), even though he had hurt th

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Male 4,012
And if there are cutters, follow what kaseyface said. The prejudiced like me are the minority.

Get help.

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Male 66
good being skunk, ecstacy, mushrooms etc

bad being alcohol, nicotine, meth, herione etc

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Male 4,012
I`d like to restate that I`m making a bold sweeping statements about people who take drugs, and from personal experience, I have full justification of doing so.

I am aware that there are unique cases of `gun on head` scenario and the likes of what kaseyface said, but my past experiences guide my future by denying drug addicts sympathy on first encounter.

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Male 66
just stick with the good drugs, stay away from the bad and all is good :)
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Female 21
Eck. I`ve never wanted to do drugs, and this is another good reason for me not to.
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Female 221
sunsetxluv22, thank you for sharing. :) I know it can be a hard thing to do. I was not able to work up the courage to tell anyone until three years after I stopped. Kudos to you!
And if there are any cutters reading this, TELL SOMEONE ABOUT IT!! It makes *such* a difference.
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Male 4,012
I have personal issues against drug addicts. My house has been broken into 5 times, and all of them were fortunately arrested and some property was stolen, but it costs a lot of damage, some jewelry were already sold, and worse of all my mum is now paranoid about the house being broken into that she put grills on all the windows and doors. I`m feeling like a prisoner in my own home. All thanks to 5 young idiots who decided to get hooked on drugs.

I didn`t say that they deserve to die. Death is reserved for rapists and murderers and stuff. They *do* deserve a `reminder` of their stupid mistakes, and that reminder should have an impact on society as well (unfortunately that isn`t working well).

I personally cannot have compassion for drug addicts, because they wasted a lot of my money and caused a lot of stress to my family. And it could have been so easily avoided too. Not starting anything could have prevented addiction.

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Male 66
well said kasey
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Female 221
It cut me off....

Yes, it is their own fault (as well as mine, in my case) that things like this happen. But certain factors can prevent someone from truly understanding what they are doing, and then eventually they get to a point where it doesn`t matter if they realize it or not, because the physical dependency has set in. And I can tell you from my own experience that it is incredibly hard to break, and a lot of times, it takes more than just the addict to break the habit. And these people don`t exactly have a huge amount of access to the help they need, or the clarity to seek it.

Yeah, it`s their fault, and this problem contributes a lot of bad to society. But do not dismiss them as simply bad people.

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Female 414
yeah same problem w/ me and cutting. luckily i didn`t scar. it can be addicting after only once, and people need to know that.
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Male 66
im not a religious man but the bible puts it well. `let he who is without sin cast the first stone`
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Female 221
I think people both defending/denouncing these people are oversimplifying things. I`ve dealt with a physical addiction before (I was a cutter) and it is not always what it would seem.
I had no problems with depression, I was not suicidal, and life was (for the most part) pretty fantastic when it all started. All it takes is one little moment of weakness to set something like this in motion, and it sneaks up on you. Denial plays a big part in the beginning.
We have all had those moments of weakness, and the results of them vary depending on what we were presented with at that time. These people were unfortunate enough to be in a position in which drugs must have been easily available.
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Male 83
What these people deserve is a good haircut.
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Female 414
yeah, but its their fault in the first place for trying it. it just messes up your life.
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Male 66
you say you condemn drug abuse but not use. A casual user can easily slip into an abuser if something in his/her life drats up. It would take a real cold hearted bastard to have no pity for them.
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Female 414
thank you pabasa ^^
but seriously, we definately have enough education on this stuff. they know the consequences when they try it, and as a result they get addicted and ruin their lives.

but they don`t deserve to die.

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Male 4,012
My points of view:

Drugs cost money, k? People who use drugs mostly get addicted to em. People who are addicted to drugs usually can`t get a proper job, one with a stable enough income to buy drugs consistently anyway. This leads to these people ending up doing robbery and theft to get money. Theft and robbery is a bad thing. Especially if you`re the victim of one; you`d understand.

I know I`m speaking in broad generalizations, but I`ve seen enough drug addicts (and get mugged/have my house broken into/etc by them) to have personal belief that drug addiction is a bane to society.

So if you`re spoking pot on my turf, GTFO.

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Male 66
So if someone dies becuase they are too fat you think they deserve that because of all the burgers they ate? they don`t `deserve` it, nobody deserves to die (except maybe self righteous pricks) that doesnt mean it isnt their own fault. We are all human, we are not perfect (even if you think you are), and so we all make mistakes. have a bit of compassion.
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Male 4,012
I don`t get it, why are you guys defending these people?

They knowingly took drugs, took it to the far end, and now they`ve got scars that show the public of their unwise decisions. Yes, they deserve them.

Seriously, no one takes drugs with a gun to their heads. They take it because they want to appear `cool`, or they want pleasure the easy way.

I condemn drug abuse (note that I use the word `abuse`, not `use`). People should know better.

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Male 66
luckyse7en, I bet you actually felt good when you saw how messed up they were. People like that make me feel sorry for them, but people like you make me sick.
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Male 66
browndog, you are a far worse human being than they are.
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Male 2,395
Thats what you get. >_>
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Male 103
1 row up from the bottom, I think the guy on the left actually looks a little better? As for Medusa in the middle, wow...brought back memories of my cafeteria lady.
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Male 292
you know i think we are all being a little hard on these guys, personally i have never tried meths, never been offered but if i was i would probably decline. i have however tried cocaine, not just tried but developed quite the habit. now i have seen photos like this but for coke heads and yeah they are different people 6 months later. only difference to me was i was in about 3k of debt. therefore i don`t think it is as simple as saying `meths, the zombie creating drug` i feel you should not believe it all.

however i do realise it is a very dangerous drug, and a harmful one but not always leading to the results we just saw, worth bearing in mind

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Female 59
It`s amazing what 6 months of meth will do to you. Nasty.
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Female 313
and thanks to full_of_rage too, =)
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Female 313
thank you happyshopper^^
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Female 450
Ahh yes, in just a matter of time, you too can look like a zombie thanks to the magic of the amazing miraculous maniacal meth.

^too many "M" words lol

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Male 292
red spots: i don`t think a meth addict will take the same sort of care over hygiene that most others would. They will almost certainly develope a bad diet, which wouldn`t help. a small spot might trip them out like the other guy said about the bugs, common side effect, and scratching the area would just make the spot worse. the drug excaping through the pors, i like it but i doubt it, wouldn`t cause spots. i really is just a case of bad hygiene on the whole.
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Female 73
Their eyes afterwards, so...lifeless, it`s creepy!
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Female 1,004
Some of those guys looked as if they were gonna start crying "Help meeeeee!"
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Female 560
meth is hell of a drug
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Female 313
for god`s sake... I was just gonna ask about the red spots too -.-"
I shall stop commenting right now.
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Male 3,301
theres a helluva lot of meth usage where I live; you can spot them from a mile away; they really stand out.
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Male 292
what i really wanted to say before browndog got all ritgeous was that what does it do exactley, give you spots, make you grow a beard and in one example it actually turned someone white.

But seriously it is a very bad harmful drug, and apart from that and i believe it makes your teeth fall out and creates big problem with the sex drive and as a result lots of children have been abused by parents and carers that have been high on the stuff.

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Female 299
Why does meth give you red spots? Is there something I`m missing?
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A lot of people that use meth do that to themselves. They start scratching their skin because they feel bugs inside them. The spots could also be caused by the drugs getting out of their bodies. I`m not positive though.
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Female 299
I never considered using meth before, this is exactly why. I don`t want to look like a zombie.
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Male 4,012
Why does meth give you red spots? Is there something I`m missing?
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Male 608
deeeeeeeelicious
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Male 292
^ what do you mean you get what you deserve, i bet you smoke/drink or take some kind of recreational drug, drugs aren`t matter a factly bad. drugs make you feel good, feeling good is good surely? without the rite education on the matter what do you expect, people to say, `oh no i don`t want to feel good, that would be silly` i am sure they didn`t know that would happen
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Female 1,306
there`s a consequence for everything, and many fail to see the consequence of this until its too late ;-/
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Male 105
you get what you deserve
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Female 857
Not too many pictures, but worth a look.
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Female 15
Ew...
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Male 20,830
Link: Faces of Meth [Rate Link] - If you`re considering doing meth, take a look at this attractive collection of users first. Safe for work, but gross.
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