This is an example of one of the eight billboards the Meth Project plans on installing around the Albany area.
ALBANY — New billboards are planned to take the place of the dark and ugly, drug-use signs put up by the Meth Project last year.
The new signs will be no less a warning to people, especially teenagers, about the consequences of using methamphetemine.
Pictures of the billboards released by the Meth Project portray addicts with rotting teeth, blisters, sores and rot on faces and arms.
The Meth Project answers questions teenagers might have about drug use with some bleak pictures. One, which features the slogan “Will meth change the way I look?” shows an emaciated, young woman with scabs and open sores on her face and body. The answer to the question seems self-evident. Use meth and your looks will change to skin, bones and open sores. Less than attractive, the signs indicate that meth use makes someone plain disgusting.
It is no secret that meth use also provokes violence and deep personality changes, the website MethProject.org states. The project’s most recent offering is the website. Everyone, especially teenagers, is encouraged to click on it and ask questions.
According to a press release: “Designed to spark exploration and engagement, MethProject.org brings to life the breadth of research on the subject in a way that is highly interactive and accessible to young people.
“For instance, teens can take a normal beating heart to meth-induced heart attack in the simulation ‘Heart in Overdrive,’ learn how Meth rapidly changes a user’s appearance by pairing before and after photos in ‘Mug Shot Match-up.’
“(Browsers can) dose a healthy brain with meth to watch its effects or experiment with the drug’s ingredients to see which ones explode or emit toxic gas. Personal stories from users are told through videos, rich animations and drawings as teens describe their experiences with meth in poignant detail.”