Virginia's Latest Environmental Hazard
Methamphetamine Made Of?
methamphetamine involves the mixing and discarding of a
variety of toxic chemicals, including lye, acetone, muriatic
acid, battery acid, white gas (lantern fuel), red
phosphorous and crystal iodine.
availability of most of these substances belies the
seriousness of their environmental and health hazards. The
fumes themselves are toxic, flammable, or both, especially
when confined and concentrated in a home or other small
enclosed areas. Poured on the ground, the chemicals
contaminate the soil and can migrate into groundwater.
Indiscriminately discarding the chemicals in a landfill is
illegal because they could cause the same problems many
years in the future.
The following is a
sampling of the various chemicals and other items that go
into the process:
Ammonium Nitrate or Isopropyl Alcohol;
Pseudoephedrine (cold or allergy tablets, empty blister
Ethyl Ether (starting fluid;)
Lithium metal (batteries);
Lye (Red Devil Lye);
the strike pad removed;
mineral spirits and/or lighter fluid;
Red Devil Lye or other drain openers;
Rock or table
If you think of a
methamphetamine lab as a room full of test tubes, beakers
and white-coated technicians, think again.
If you suspect someone is operating a
methamphetamine lab in your neighborhood, or have found a
possible disposal site (methamphetamine leftovers are often
found discarded beside the road in plastic trash bags) for
methamphetamine lab leftovers, do not go near it -
call the police. Once the lab is shut down or leftovers
are found, the officer in charge should notify appropriate
government agencies including the WV DEP at (800)