How is Meth Produced?
The processing required to make methamphetamine from precursor substances is easier and more accessible than ever.
An investment of a few hundred dollars in over-the-counter medications and chemicals can produce thousands of dollars worth of methamphetamine. The drug can be made in a makeshift "lab" that can fit into a suitcase. Some intelligence figures suggest that the average meth "cook" teaches ten other people how to make the drug each year.
Over-the-counter cold and asthma medications containing ephedrine or pseudoephedrine, red phosphorous, hydrochloric acid, drain cleaner, battery acid, lye, lantern fuel, and antifreeze are among the ingredients most commonly used.
These precursors are substances that, in nature, might be inactive. However, when combined with another chemical the result is a new product. Methamphetamine starts with an inactive or marginally-inactive compound (ephedrine or pseudoephedrine) and other chemicals are added to produce the drug.
Some of those ingredients include:
- Red Phosphorous
- Ephedrine Tablets
- Pseudoephedrine Tablets
- Muriatic Acid
- Sulphuric Acid
- Lantern Fuel
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