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5 Ways to Know There's Methamphetamine in Your Home

By Nigistry Lulu
Learn what this drug looks like, which ingredients may be clues that someone is making it, and more signs.

Methamphetamine is a highly addictive drug that affects your central nervous system. On the street it’s also known as meth, blue, ice, and crystal.

Here are signs that someone in your home is using meth or may be involved in making it. 

1. Appearance of Meth 

You may find the drug itself. Methamphetamine can look like a white, crystalline powder or pill. Crystal meth is a version of the drug that looks like pieces of glass or blue-white rocks.  

2. Presence of Meth Ingredients

Someone in your home could be involved in making meth if you notice certain ingredients in unusual amounts or with strange markings, Nevada’s Office of the Attorney General says.

These ingredients include:

  • Sulfuric, muriatic, or hydrochloric acid
  • Coffee filters that have strange stains or powders on them
  • Funnels and turkey basters
  • Improvised glassware
  • Several boxes of cold medication containing ephedrine or pseudoephedrine
  • Lithium batteries 

3. Drug Paraphernalia

In addition to meth ingredients, you might find items in your home that can be used to take meth. Methamphetamine paraphernalia can include:

  • Glass pipes
  • Needles
  • Rolled up dollar bills
  • Miniature spoons
  • Tourniquets

You might also find strange gear or devices, like soft bottle drinks with hoses attached, or even cans with holes punctured throughout the sides and bottom, Nevada’s Office of the Attorney General says.  

4. "Tweaking"

This is one of the more apparent signs of meth abuse. Toward the end of a meth binge, a user may be very irritable and have insomnia and anxiety for an extended period—often 3 days or longer. They may be very fidgety, also known as “tweaking," and they can sometimes experience formication—a sensation of insects crawling under the skin— psychologist Elizabeth Hartney, PhD, tells WebMD Connect to Care.  

5. Meth Use Symptoms

If someone in your home is abusing meth, they may show warning signs like these:

  • Increased activity and alertness
  • Aggression
  • Insomnia
  • Flushed or itchy skin
  • Muscle twitching
  • Hallucinations
  • Paranoia
  • Severe tooth decay
  • Dangerous Weight loss

Get Help Now 

If you believe that someone you care about is using methamphetamine, you can reach out for help. Treatment can help your loved one recover from meth addiction. WebMD Connect to Care counselors are here for you.

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