The tragic faces of drug addiction: Heartbreaking gifs show how quickly drugs ...

The tragic faces of drug addiction: Heartbreaking gifs show how quickly drugs take their toll Pictures of 16 people arrested on drug charges reveal how quickly harmful substances can change physical appearances  Tens of millions of Americans struggle with additions to illicit drugs  Heroin, methamphetamine and cocaine can accelerate aging and make people appear sickly, and entirely changed within a year of use 

By Natalie Rahhal Deputy Health Editor For Dailymail.com

Published: 20:59 BST, 5 June 2019 | Updated: 20:59 BST, 5 June 2019

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Drug misuse wreaks havoc on the body, and the damage that harmful substances have done is heart-breakingly apparent on the faces of these 16 people. 

Morphing mug shots compiled by drugabuse.com show how quickly drugs can alter the appearances of those suffering addictions.   

Each person's mug shots describe the drugs they were charged for possessing at different points in their lives. 

The images show the tragic transformations people arrested on charges related to meth, heroin, cocaine, marijuana and and other drugs underwent in as little as a year.

And they are only a few of the 24.6 million Americans that the National Institutes of Health's (NIH) latest statistics estimate use illicit drugs. 

After just eight years of cocaine, heroin and marijuana use changed this woman's face dramatically

This man was charged with methamphetamine at ages 19 and 27 and his appearance deteriorated drastically

After just eight years of cocaine, heroin and marijuana use changed this woman's face dramatically (left). This man was charged with methamphetamine at ages 19 and 27 and his appearance deteriorated drastically (right) 

WHAT COCAINE DOES TO THE BODY AND FACE 

Cocaine is a powerful stimulant, which hits the central nervous system making the heart and mind race. 

And it hits fast, so the change in behavior is obvious immediately.

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