The Making Of Meth

Meth is made using ordinary household utensils and appliances. Items such as coffee makers, blenders, microwaves, and mason jars are used in the cooking process. Seemingly ordinary, everyday products, such as matchbooks, camera batteries, rubbing alcohol, drain cleaner, engine starter fluid, brake cleaner, and table salt can be used in meth production. Because of the availability of these ingredients, a person can cook meth anywhere—the back of a pickup truck on the side of a highway, a recreational vehicle (RV) in a state park, and the house next door to an elementary school.2, 20, 21

Every stage of meth production is extremely hazardous because the solvents used (including alcohol, gasoline, acetone, and toluene) are extremely volatile and flammable. The slightest spark can and does easily ignite these solvents. Lithium obtained from camera batteries is often used in meth production. Lithium is a metal that reacts violently with water, creating heat and explosive hydrogen gas. Lithium can even ignite from the moisture in the air. This type of ignition could detonate the fumes from solvents used in the previous cooking phase. It is easy to understand how a meth cook with no training in chemistry can make fatal mistakes while cooking meth. Many mom and pop meth labs have exploded in flames, killing or injuring both the cook and innocents living in and around the lab. In addition, most of the solvents are also carcinogens (cancer-causing agents).20, 21

Phosphine gas may be produced as a by-product of the meth production process. Because of these highly flammable and toxic gases both used in meth production and created as a by-product of it, meth labs are considered hazardous waste zones in addition to being dangerously explosive.

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