As unsettling as it is to think about, we must never forget how harmful drug addiction can be. When used over prolonged periods of time, drugs have the power to transform people — and almost always in a tragic way.

Take the case of Matthew Medlin, an attractive young man with his whole life ahead of him. But his drug problems over the course of 14 years made his life take a turn for the worst. What follows is a cautionary tale about the horrors of methamphetamine addiction.

Matthew Medlin was 18 years old when he was arrested for the first time in 2002. Even in his mugshot, he was so good-looking that he could have been a model.

The Sun / Multnomah County Sheriff’s Office