A mum has released heart-breaking pictures of her son, calling him ‘the face of heroin and meth.’
In the first image Cody Bishop is a healthy and smiling 26-year-old.
The second is taken just seven months later and he is emaciated with sores over his body and living on the streets.
Cody’s mum Jennifer Salfen-Tracy said the pictures should act as a wake-up call to the issue of drugs.
She released them in a bid to find Cody, who has been missing around the Las Vegas area for several weeks.
In a tragic Facebook post, she wrote: ‘The face of heroin and meth…… is reality for so many people and families in this world today.’
She added: ‘Cody is still homeless in Las Vegas and I have not heard from him in weeks now.
‘Hearing how bad he is doing is hard but not hearing at all is worse.
‘The unknown is what makes a person not sleep at night.
‘It is hard to understand how someone who has families and children who love and need them live the life they do.’
‘These pictures were taken seven months apart. That is how fast someone is affected.’
In the Facebook post, she urged America to take action, adding: ‘This is a true issue in our world today that we need to pull together and focus on to fix instead of the government worrying about and spending all their money on throwing each other under the bus.’
The Facebook post has now been shared over 40,000 times with many thanking the mum for her honesty.
Cody is believed to have done a stint in rehab in Nevada but his family have been unable to trace him since then.
He was reported missing to Las Vegas Police in May After the family reported concerns for his wellbeing.