What is Meth?

Methamphetamine - also known as meth, crank, crystal, and speed - is a powerfully addictive central nervous system stimulant.  

What does it look like?
Meth is available as a crystalline powder or in rock-like chunks.  Meth varies in color, and may be white, yellow, brown or pink. 

Where is it made?
Two-thirds of our country's meth supply is produced in super labs in Mexico and Southern California, and trafficked throughout the country.

What are the toxic ingredients in crystal meth?  
Cold and antihistamine medications (that include pseudoephedrine and ephedrine) are necessary as a main ingredient in meth production.  A number of the ingredients commonly used in creating meth are extremely toxic:

  • Acetone-found in nail polish remover and paint thinners
  • Lithium-found in batteries
  • Toluene-solvent used as fuel additive, in paint thinners, nail polish, brake cleaner
  • Hydrochloric acid-highly corrosive mineral acid used to remove rust from steel and refine metal
  • Pseudoephedrine-found in cold medications
  • Red Phosphorus-found in explosives such as road flares and on matchboxes
  • Sodium hydroxide-also known as lye, found in drain cleaners
  • Sulfuric acid-found in toilet bowl and drain cleaners
  • Anhydrous ammonia-found in fertilizer and countertop cleaner
  • Lantern fuel or lighter fluid
  • Ether, found in starting fluid
  • Antifreeze
  • Iodine crystals

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