Description of adult substance abuser behavior (paranoia, abnormal patterns, aggression, tweaker).
Photo:© Laurie Simmons 2010.
Street names for methamphetamine include:
batu, black beauties, chalk, copilots, crack meth, crank, cristy, crystal, dexies, drivers, glass, go, go fast, hanyak, Hawaiian salt, hearts, hiropon, ice, kaksonjae, L.A. turnarounds, leapers, meth, pep pills, quartz, shabu, speed, thrusters, ups, uppers, wake ups, wire, zip.
Tweaker: Chronic meth user, who probably has not slept in 3-15 days and is irritable and paranoid. Tweakers often behave or react violently.
Precusors: Necessary ingredients to the production
Reagents: Chemicals necessary to react with the precursors to chemically change it.
Catalyst: Speeds up the reaction.
Solvent: Medium or liquid in which a chemical operation takes place.
Cook: The process of manufacturing methamphetamine
Cooker/Cook: The person that manufactures the methamphetamine
Clandestine Lab/Meth Lab: An illicit operation consisting of a sufficient combination of apparatus and chemicals that either has been or could be used in the manufacture or synthesis of controlled substances, to include methamphetamine.
Apparatus: Glassware: Mason jars, crock pots, funnels, Pyrex pans, etc.
Meth Use: The use of methamphetamine by smoking, injecting, ingesting or snorting.
Extraction: Finished drug is removed from raw materials by the use of chemical solvents. The structure of the drug is not altered. Example: Morphine from Opium, Hashish from Cannabis, etc.
Conversion: Undesirable form of the drug is changed into a more desirable form. Example: Cocaine hydrochloride to crack, Methamphetamine to ice.
Synthesis: Raw materials combined through chemical process to produce desired drug.
Tableting: Forming the finished drug into a dosage unit.
Multiple Process Labs: Different types of labs in process at one location.
Red Phosphorus Method: Most popular process of manufacturing meth, takes about 8 hours, uses red phosphorus instead of anhydrous ammonia.
Birch/Nazi Method: Process of manufacturing meth with anhydrous ammonia instead of red phosphorus, takes about 4 hours.
Super Lab: Labs that produce 10 pounds or more of meth during one manufacturing process.
Kitty litter: Used during the Red Phosphorus method. It can cover the smell and traps the hydrogen chloride.