Methamphetamine - also known as meth, crank, crystal, and speed - is a powerful central nervous system stimulant that is highly addictive.
Meth can be made from household items, namely pseudoephedrine. Other ingredients like antifreeze, iodine, and kitty litter make meth easily accessible, but highly toxic. Making meth produces extremely hazardous results. Several of the ingredients are highly flammable, leave strong odors behind, and damage internal organs.
Moving into a meth-contaminated home can cause long-lasting harm to the new owners or renters. Since many “meth homes” go undetected by law enforcement and property-handling middlemen, the problem might not reveal itself until residents start feeling ill. The side effects of living in a former meth lab can also be difficult to identify, varying from headaches and dry mouth to kidney or brain damage.
Meth labs are found in houses, commercial buildings, cabins, mobile homes, RVs, caves, abandoned mines and federal and state forests and parks. The stuff is so easy to make and the ingredients are so cheap and common that some users just make their own at home in two-liter pop bottles or a picnic cooler. If you accidentally buy a meth house, your health isn’t the only thing at stake. You could get stuck with tens of thousands of dollars in costs for testing and hazardous-materials cleanup.