Drug Awareness: If teens could see what they'd look like

NPR host Guy Raz and how he'd look after 3 years on meth.*

Today's All Things Considered program on NPR caught my attention. 

Sheriff Tom Allman invites us to remember the 80s fried egg ad and slogan, "This is your brain on drugs" and the "Just Say No" campaign of the 90s. He says neither worked. However, a new software program is having a positive effect on teenagers.

The new software simulation program called Face2Face shows kids the effects on their body after taking meth for three years. 

Sheriff Allman believes he has found a way to keep kids off methamphetamine. He says, "If they could see what they'd look like after using the highly addictive drug, it might get them to stay away from it forever." With help from some image-altering software, Allman is out to show teens the face of meth.

"You're young. You're vibrant. You have great-looking skin. Your hair is there, your teeth are there," Allman says. "The software ... morphs it into causing the physiological effects that meth causes — the open scabs, the droopy skin, the hair loss. It strikes at the vanity of teenagers."

*Image from NPR, All Things Considered Photo by Laslo Vesprem/Face2Face software