Arizona Attorney General

Mark Brnovich



What is Meth?

Methamphetamine, or meth, is a powerful, long-acting, physical and psychological stimulant drug that is highly addictive. In its finished form, meth usually appears as a powdery substance in a variety of colors and is sold in pill form, capsules, powder and crystals. It may omit a chemical smell or it may be odorless. Meth can be swallowed, smoked, snorted and injected. In its crystal form, meth is inhaled by smoking.

Meth is known by a variety of street names, including speed, crank, vitamin C, go-fast and chalk. In its crystal form, it is sometimes referred to as ice, crystal and glass.

Although criminal drug trafficking organizations and gangs control a significant amount of the production and distribution of meth, in recent years small clandestine drug laboratories operated by individuals and small groups have increased the drug's production and availability. In 2002, 297 home-based meth labs were seized throughout Arizona.