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Meth In Your Neighborhood?
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There may be a meth lab in your neighborhood.  The following information will help you recognize it. 

About Meth
There is an alarming increase in the production and use of methamphetamine in Oregon.  All law enforcement agencies in the Northwest are concerned about this increase and the danger it presents to the residents.  The community needs to be educated as to the signs of both the methamphetamine process and the behavioral characteristics of those using the drug.
 
Residents should also be aware that with an increase in the usage of meth, there will be a correspondig increase in property crimes as users look for the means to support their habits. 

Ingredients
There are many chemical names for the ingredients in a meth production process.  However, many of these chemicals are known better by product type or brand names.  Some of the following are chemical names, product types and brand names which in some combination, will be found in illegal meth labs.
 
  • Ephedrine:  Cold and allergy medications such as Sudafed, Actifed, Allrest capsules and Mini-thin diet tablets.
  • Red Phosphorous:  Strike plate on match covers or highway flares.
  • Acetone
  • Alcohol:  Denatured or isopropyl
  • Ether:  Engine starting fluid.
  • Isopropyl Alcohol:  Heet
  • Iodine
  • Hydrogen Peroxide
  • Battery Acid
  • Rock Salt
  • Anhydrous Ammonia:  Farm fertilizer.

Production Process
There are three common methods used to produce methamphetamine.  These processes use a variety of chemicals including explosives, solvents, metals, salts, and corrosives.  The combination and/or the cooking of these chemicals can create vapors and spillage which can be toxic.
 
If you suspect there is a lab, contact the nearest law enforcement agency. 
 
Signs of meth lab operation
 
Indications of a lab may include some of the following:
  • Chemical odors
  • Persons coming and going at all hours
  • Excessive traffic; often short stay
  • Chemical containers (tubing used in these containers)
  • Exhaust fans in constant use
  • Large quantities of matches, acetone, lithium batteries and other meth making ingredients
  • Coffee grinders, blenders with white residue
  • Coffee filters with red stains
  • Filthy living conditions
  • Chemical containers in the trash
  • Thermos, plastic liter pop bottles
  • Plastic baggies
 
Locations
 
Meth can be "cooked" anywhere; houses, apartments, trailers, motel rooms, garages and vehicles.

Signs of Addiction
 
Behavioral Indications
 
  • Hyperactivity
  • Easily agitated
  • Aggressiveness
  • Paranoid
  • Delusional
 
Physical Indications
 
  • Open skin sores
  • Weight loss
  • Red nose
  • Tooth loss
  • Hair loss
  • Eyes sensitive to light
  • Dark circles under eyes