Crystal Meth ingredients are typically legal and useful items in their own right. But when mixed together and processed incorrectly, the results are deadly to the "Crystal Meth cook", user, and innocent bystanders. Chemical ingredients and equipment used to "cook" Crystal Meth in illegal makeshift labs create an immediate danger of explosion and fire. This process also leaves behind waste that contaminates the site; often a house, apartment, or other dwelling. Crystal Meth labs and their ingredients pose a threat both to the environment and the health of future occupants.
Methamphetamine is closely related to amphetamine but has longer lasting and more toxic effects on the user's system. Crystal Meth is a white, odorless powder that dissolves easily in water or alcohol. Production of the drug begins with common chemicals, including EPHEDRINE or PSEUDOEPHEDRINE. By 2004, more and more Americans were expressing their concern over the ease with which these Crystal Meth ingredients could be purchased. Ephedrine-containing pills and powders were banned by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in 2004. However, as of mid-2005, illicit supplies were still available through the Internet. Pseudoephedrine is a key ingredient in cold medicines and asthma drugs.
Crystal Meth is relatively easy to produce in homemade laboratories. Various newspaper accounts note that Crystal Meth cooks routinely brew small batches of the drug in their home labs using household goods that they purchased legally in stores. Many use recipes they find on the Internet posted by amateur chemists. As such, the strength and toxicity of each batch can vary considerably depending on what Crystal Meth ingredients were used.
Common Crystal Meth Ingredients: