Meth Labs


What is a Meth Lab?


A meth lab or clandestine drug lab is a place where meth is manufactured or “cooked”.


  • Materials used in a meth lab are commonly used and readily available.

  • Other drugs may be manufactured or processed along with meth.



Meth “recipes” can be easily obtained through the internet or by associating with other people who “cook” meth.  These “recipes” can include the following:


  • Over the counter medications that include pseudophedrine or ephedrine in their contents.
  • Combinations of volatile organic compounds (VOCs), acids, bases, metals, solvents and salts.
  • Chemical products and substances that are used interchangeably to produce meth in different forms.
  • Depending on the process and chemicals used, the final product can be tainted and have unwanted or dangerous effects.


Chemical reactions depend on the substances used and cause the process to be hazardous, frequently resulting in chemical fires, explosions, and the release of toxic gases.


Meth cooking also produces solid and liquid wastes that can contaminate a building and its contents, or the groundwater or soil where they are dumped.


What Should You Do If You Think You Have Found a Meth Lab

  • LEAVE THE AREA IMMEDIATELY
  • DO NOT TOUCH ANYTHING OR GO NEAR THE SITE
  • CONTACT YOUR LOCAL LAW ENFORCEMENT IMMEDIATELY


Common Signs of a Meth Lab

  • Glass or plastic bottles
  • Rubber tubing 
  • Aerosol cans 
  • Empty Sudafed packages
  • ​Propane Tanks
  • Draino of Liquid Fire Drain Cleaner

  • ​Starter Fluid

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Pictures of Meth Lab materials








Signs of the Meth User - Before and After Pictures of Users