Methamphetamine or Meth makers and users aren’t as confident about setting up labs in neighborhoods or cities. The smell of meth is distinct and cooking such a product in a close proximity to non-users can get them caught if a passing cop doesn’t get wind of it first while casually driving down the street.
Instead of chancing getting caught while staying put under these circumstances the drug addicts have found better more inventive places to set up operations. They are using the cover of game and wildlife preservations, forests, national parks, fishing and hunting grounds to brew meth and get high on the toxic substance.
People who whip up batches of meth will leave behind instruments key in the creation of the drug such as hosing, coffee filters, mason jars, solvent and propane tanks, plastic and alcohol bottles, glass baking dishes, and salt. Salt in itself can be deadly when absorbed by grass, plants, and trees just think about what salt mines look like. All of the tools involved in such a process and dumped will be stained with harmful and deadly chemicals. The toxins can spread to streams, rivers and underground waters putting every living thing in danger; fish, fowl, animals and humans alike who at some point will come in contact with the infected waters. Even if the deadly poisons don’t reach a water source they can fumigate the air and kill or harm anything in the area or they may cause great suffering or death to creatures, which come in contact with the discarded products as the items are left exposed to the elements.
The ingredients are so corrupt they can burn the skin and damage the brain irreversibly. They include anhydrous ammonia, battery acid, paint thinner, and charcoal lighter fluid. The crackdown on meth had long since began before some states lent a hand in taking pseudoephedrine, an ingredient found in some cold medicines, off the shelves. The pseudoephedrine cold medicines were either for sale behind the counter where customers had to sign for them, limited to so many each month, or by prescription only.
Because of such limitations on the cold medicines the busts of meth cookers and dumping sites have went down, but replacement ingredients are being sought and tried by sellers and addicts alike. Cold alcohol and Red phosphorous are two ingredients that have been used in experimentation as replacements to different ingredients. Red phosphorous is making the grade over anhydrous ammonia and cold alcohol is still in question.
Anyone should use extreme caution and stay away from a meth dumping ground should they accidentally spy what seems to be one. Sometimes a meth cooker will leave the area in a hurry and leave meth still cooking in a container so keep a distance to be safe and call the local authorities. Meth breweries have also been found in the back of vans. Many times authorities have come upon running vans with drug makers still cooking up meth so be careful and don’t approach a suspicious looking van.