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Indiana State Department of Health

Environmental Public Health Home > Methamphetamine Lab Response > Identification of a Meth Lab Identification of a Meth Lab

What does a meth lab look like?

  • Abnormal amounts of chemical products such as drain cleaner, cold packs, pseudoephedrine tablets, or lithium batteries.

  • Strong or irritating pungent odors (Ammonia/Solvents)
  • Distinctive trash such as pseudoephedrine packaging, battery casings, and HCL generators (plastic bottles with tubing)

Methamphetamine Production

There are four different primary methods to produce methamphetamine.

  1. Nazi/Birch Reduction
  2. Red Phosphorus/Hydroiodic Acid
  3. P2P Amalgam
  4. One-Pot

  • Primary Production Methods from the EPA Voluntary Guidelines for Methamphetamine Laboratory Cleanup-Hazardous chemicals from household products are used to make methamphetamine for each of the four methods. http://www.epa.gov/oem/meth_lab_guidelines.pdf

Source: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) (2013) “Voluntary Guidelines for Methamphetamine Laboratory Cleanup”