All Kansas Cities

Know Your Meth

Last year, when we saw a jump up in methamphetamine manufacturing in Kansas, the Kansas Bureau of Investigation (KBI) got on the case. We ended the year with 143 incidents, a large number compared to some states, but not significantly different than past numbers for our state.

At the KBI website, there’s critical information available to the public on what a meth lab looks like, how to spot one and what to do if you encounter a suspected lab. Also of interest is information for retailers. Just like any other manufacturer, a meth cook need ingredients. Some of the items to be aware of that might be used in a meth cook:

• Common cold pills containing ephedrine or pseudoephedrine
• Acetone
• Alcohol (Isopropyl or rubbing)
• Toluene
• Engine Starter (ether)
• Coffee Filters
• Heet (Methanol/Alcohol)
• Table Salt
• Batteries (Lithium)
• Propane Tank (Anhydrous Ammonia)
• Red Devil Lye (Sodium Hydroxide)
• Matches (Red Phosphorus)
• Pyrex Dishes
• Muriatic Acid

Retailers are advised to report anyone who buys these items in unusual quantities or through multiple purchases. The same advice applies to landlords or parents who spot these materials – they are the ingredients meth cooks use to whip up a batch of poison.

Other telltale signs are odd smells, covered windows, people smoking outside (explosive vapors are generated when meth is made), or deliveries of glassware or other scientific equipment. The KBI also say to look for odd traffic patterns. A location will usually have no one visiting until a cook is completed, and then there may suddenly be many visitors who come and leave shortly thereafter.

If you spot such activity or other warning signs, the KBI has an anonymous line to report your suspicions – 1-800- KS-CRIME. For retailers, there’s an online form that can be sent to register suspicious purchases.

Citizens are cautioned to take no direct action themselves. Our role is to report and let the professionals handle it.


The contents of the web site (the "Site") are for informational purposes only. The Information is not intended as a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, tests or treatment, and does not create a physician-patient relationship. This Site and Deep Dive Media ("the Company") are not responsible for sending you to, referring you to or making recommendations about a doctor, a professional practice or health insurance company. NO LICENSED PHYSICIAN-PATIENT RELATIONSHIP IS CREATED BY USING INFORMATION PROVIDED BY OR THROUGH THE USE OF THIS SITE INCLUDING, BUT NOT LIMITED TO, TREATMENT CENTER REFERRAL FUNCTIONS OR LINKS TO OTHER SITES. The Company makes no guarantees, representations or warranties, whether expressed or implied, with respect to professional qualifications, expertise, quality of work or other information herein. Further the Company does not in any way endorse the individuals described herein. In no event shall the Company be liable to you or anyone else for any decision made or action taken by you in reliance on such information. You are STRONGLY ADVISED to perform your own due diligence prior to selecting a health care professional with activities, such as making confirming telephone calls to the appropriate licensing authorities to verify listed credentials and education. In addition you can further verify information about a physician or medical provider by confirming with the doctor's office, your current physician, the medical association relative to the doctor's specialty and your state medical board. See our Legal Statement for the complete terms and conditions governing your use of the Site.


Why Did You Visit This Site?
I am looking for treatment
A friend or family member is looking for treatment
Just Looking for Information
Total votes: 105
Call 1-855-216-4673 anytime to speak with an addiction specialist. Insurance Accepted.