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Meth Today

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Forensics and crime scene investigation cj 242|
Summary of Drugs|
Methamphetamines Today|

Methamphetamine is the most potent form amphetamine readily available with or without a prescription. Pharmaceutical methamphetamine although was once widely available in this country, and its medical use is very restricted today. Most of all of today’s methamphetamine are homemade and resembles a fine coarse powder, crystal or chunks. The color for methamphetamines varies from off-white to a yellowish color, and it is furnished within plastic wrap, aluminum foil, capsules or tablets of various sizes. There are many ways that methamphetamine can be taken such as swallowing, snorting or injecting intravenously. As of today methamphetamine goes by many names such as crystal, meth, crank, speed, zip, crystal-meth, cristy, ice or go-fast.

Ice or glass is a concentrated form of methamphetamine that looks like tiny chunks or translucent glass. This is a very potent crystal methamphetamine in the form that it can be smoked, rather than injected. Depending on how much is smoked the intoxicating high may last from two to twenty hours. Ice is odorless and has a colorless smoke which makes it easy for user to go unnoticed. Unlike marijuana, cocaine, and heroin, which derived from plants, meth can be manufactured using a variety of store brought chemicals. The main ingredient in meth is pseudoephedrine or ephedrine which is commonly found in cold medicine. From the cooking process the pseudoephedrine or ephedrine is chemically changed into meth. Many ingredients that are used in the process of making meth include paint, ether, thinner, acetone, anhydrous ammonia, iodine crystals; drain cleaner, and battery acid.

Meth is manufactured or cooked in crude laboratories, many labs are not smart operations and do not have sophisticated chemistry equipment, and many of the people who cook meth usually don’t have any chemistry training. Cooking meth to many is...

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