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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)

Indiana State Police Possible Meth Lab Activity Brochure

-Includes unusual security, ventilation measures, chemical odors, and large amounts of ingredients.

United States Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) list of some of the addresses where law enforcement agencies have reported illegal drug labs:

Click on the state of Indiana within the United States map to view the addresses and read the disclaimer

  • Report Suspected Meth Activity to the Indiana State Police (ISP):
  • Meth Tip Line 1-800-453-4756
  • 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.

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