Forms of Meth
Methamphetamine is most commonly available in
the following forms:
- Desoxyn (methamphetamine hydrochloride) tablets are Class II medications prescribed as an "anorectic" in the treatment of obesity. Also used as a stimulant in the treatment of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder-ADHD
- The term "crank" refers
to any form (chunks or fine or coarse powder). It can be
off-white to yellow in color and supplied loose (in
plastic or foil bags) or in capsules or tablets of
various sizes and colors.
- "Ice" is a crystallized
smokeable chunk of meth that produces an intense
reaction. Ice has an appearance that is clear and
crystal-like and resembles frozen water; hence the name
- "Yaba" is
a combination of methamphetamine and caffeine. Yaba,
which means crazy medicine in Thai, is produced in Southeast and East Asia.
The drug is popular in Asian communities in the United States and increasingly
is available at raves and techno parties.
Yaba is sold as tablets. These tablets
are generally no larger than a pencil eraser. They are brightly colored,
usually reddish-orange or green. Yaba tablets typically are consumed orally.
The tablets sometimes are flavored like candy (grape, orange, or vanilla).
Another common method is called chasing the dragon. Users place the yaba tablet
on aluminum foil and heat it from below. As the tablet melts, vapors rise and
are inhaled. The drug also may be administered by crushing the tablets into
powder, which is then snorted or mixed with a solvent and injected.
2020 DEA Drug Fact Sheet: Methamphetamine
is a smokeable form of Methamphetamine.
- Designer "amphetamines"
There are a number of different
types of designer drugs that have effects similar to that of methamphetamine.
Methcathinone ("khat", "Jeff", "Cat")
is a synthetic "amphetamine-like" drug.
Another designer "amphetamine" known as MDMA, Ecstasy, E, Adam
and M& M, is frequently used at "rave parties."