Methamphetamine, or more correctly Methylamphetamine, is commonly referred to as “Meth” or "P" in New Zealand, or "Ice" in Australia. It is a powerful, highly toxic, addictive drug that is illegally manufactured, or “cooked”, in makeshift, clandestine Meth laboratories (P Clan Labs).
Meth can be found in the form of pills, capsules, powder, crystals or chunks. It is most commonly sold in crystal form, hence the name Crystal Meth. It can be smoked, snorted, injected or eaten but is most commonly heated over a flame in a glass container and the vapours inhaled.
Methamphetamine is a class A drug, classified under the Misuse of Drugs Act 1975 and therefore attracts severe penalties for distribution (dealing) and manufacture (cooking). Manufacturing, importing, dealing and possession for supply can lead to a life sentence.
Meth labs have dramatically increased in recent years because Meth recipes are more readily available. Meth is relatively easy and cheap to make from materials that were commonly bought over the counter and are now imported illegally. The resulting “high” from Meth lasts about 2 to 14 hours (versus about 15 minutes for a cocaine high). Meth is also sometimes called crank, speed, or crystal.