Manufacturing or “cooking” meth does not require expensive equipment and ingredients and can be done household items, that is why meth labs are so prevalent and can be found in almost any place; from inside a car to large commercial operation. Many “tell-tales” can indicate a meth lab nearby, and it is important to be able to notice them because just like meth residue contamination is invisible, its health effects are very real.

Ingredients / Items of meth

Some items are normal household items, but their excessive presence/quantity can indicate something is wrong, and that a meth lab is nearby.

  • Packaging from cold tablets
  • Lithium batteries
  • Propane tanks with fittings turned blue
  • Coffee filters stained with odd colours such as red
  • Hydrogen Peroxide
  • Empty containers with puncture holes (antifreeze, white gas, freon, paint thinner, acetone, alcohol, white gas)
  • Plastic soda bottles with holes near the top
  • Plastic or rubber hoses, rubber gloves, duct tape
  • Respiratory masks

Also, watch out for:

  • Lithium Batteries
  • Paint thinner
  • Aluminium foil
  • Cold pills
  • Rubbing alcohol
  • Muriatic acid
  • Coleman’s fuel (kerosene)
  • Acetone
  • Iodine crystal
  • Hydrogen peroxide
  • Sodium hydroxide
  • Sulfuric acid
  • Vinegar
  • Methanol
  • Calcium chloride.
  • Nitrogen