What's In Meth
Most of Meth’s key ingredients are toxic and highly flammable.
Although the “recipes” vary, here are the most commonly used ingredients.
Nail polish remover or paint thinner. Extremely flammable. In the setting of a Meth lab where Meth is being cooked with high heat, acetone is very dangerous.
Used in batteries. Lithium seriously burns the skin upon contact. It also reacts violently with water and is highly explosive.
Used in brake fluid. Toluene is powerful enough to dissolve rubber.
AcidUsed to make plastic. It can remove rust from steel and is highly corrosive to human skin. In high concentrations, hydrochloric acid will literally eat away human flesh.
Decongestant found in cold medicine. Large amounts of pseudoephedrine on its own can harm the respiratory and nervous systems, as well as the heart.
PhosphorusFound on matchboxes, in road flares, and other explosives. Ignites when overheated.
HydroxideLye. Can burn the skin or cause blindness. It’s used to dispose of road kill because it turns the dead bodies into a coffee-like liquid.
AcidUsed in drain or toilet bowl cleaner. Another highly corrosive substance that burns the skin on contact.
AmmoniaFound in fertilizer or countertop cleaner. On its own, it has a pungent, suffocating odor; mixing it with other chemicals can release highly toxic gases.
Which of these is not a common ingredient in Meth?
How others answered
Nitroglycerine is used to make explosives. Although explosions can happen while methamphetamine is being made, nitroglycerine is not involved. All of the other ingredients are commonly found in Meth.
Signs of Use
Types of Meth
Meth can take a variety of forms. Here are some of the more common.
Meth is typically a white or yellowish-white, odorless crystalline powder.
When methamphetamine takes the form of crystals, it’s usually referred to as Crystal Meth or Ice.
Crystal Meth, or Ice, can also come in a range of colors due to
impurities of the drug.
Meth is also produced as tablets, which are sometimes called Yaba, their Thai name meaning "crazy pill."
The toxic fumes, vapors, spills, or chemical waste that pollute an area. Each pound of Meth produced yields up to six pounds of waste, which is often haphazardly dumped—endangering communities and the environment. These toxins can cause poisoning, lesions, burns, headaches, dizziness, and nausea. Long-term exposure can cause cancer and damage the brain, liver, kidneys, and immune system. Chemical Concoction
Making methamphetamine. Because many of Meth’s ingredients are caustic and explosive, the process is extremely dangerous to “cooks” and anyone else in the lab or surrounding community. Breathing the fumes and handling the hazardous chemicals used to make Meth can cause injury and even death. Out with a Bang
Any place where people make methamphetamine. Meth labs can be found in places like warehouses, homes, motel rooms, car trunks—even in the middle of the woods. Due to the lethal ingredients used, Meth labs are toxic waste sites that can be highly explosive. Even if the Meth lab doesn’t blow up, the toxins remain in the area long after the Meth lab is gone. Signs of a Meth Lab