Recipe for Disaster

Would you walk through a store, pick up a bottle of drain cleaner and guzzle it? No way! Well that's just one of the many ingredients used to make meth. Others include:


  • Rubbing alcohol
  • Cold pills
  • Acetone
  • Red phosphorous
  • Gasoline antifreeze
  • Cleaning products
  • Battery acid
  • Anhydrous ammonia (farm fertilizer)
  • Lye
  • Engine starter fluid


Try meth just once and you've just put a number of these chemicals in your body.

Most of the ingredients are easy to get hold of. Fortunately, the Tennessee General Assembly took the initiative in 2005 to limit the availability of the main ingredient in meth – ephedrine and/or pseudoephedrine. Click here to find out about the Meth Free Tennessee Act of 2005. This is helping, but the problem has not gone away.

Meth recipes are also easy to find, and “labs” can be located just about anywhere – inside homes, barns, garages, motel rooms and even vehicles.

Making meth can be as dangerous as taking it. Meth lab explosions shatter buildings, burning and incinerating everything in sight. Why? Meth's ingredients contain a hazardous combination of poisonous and flammable chemicals, which are heated on a stove or hot plate. A slight miscalculation with ingredients or cooking temperature, and meth becomes a deadly bomb.

Meth use is a real problem in Tennessee. Law enforcement, doctors, child protection providers and others get a daily reality check of what this deadly drug is doing to users, their families and the communities where they live. So why is this drug so popular?

For starters, meth has an addictive hook that is almost unequalled. It's an addiction that can take over from the first hit.