What is methamphetamine?
Methamphetamine is an extremely addictive, powerful stimulant. It produces wakefulness, hyperactivity and an euphoric effect. Methamphetamine is also known as speed, pure, P, burn, goey, crank, meth, crystal, ica and yaba.
What does methamphetamine look like?
In New Zealand it is available in two main forms: a powder and a crystal ‘rock’.
- Crystal rock methamphetamine is the purest form of methamphetamine. It is often called ‘ice’ due to its appearance. This highly addictive form is becoming more popular. Because it is usually smoked it is absorbed rapidly into the body, resulting in more pronounced effects on the central nervous system.
- Methamphetamine powder is snorted, injected or swallowed as a pill by users. It can come in a variety of shades of blue, green, brown and yellow.
Landlords everywhere need to understand the importance of educating themselves on meth labs and rental properties, especially on the physical dangers and the immense financial impact. Meth is an addictive drug that can be created or “cooked” in makeshift laboratories; these can be set up temporarily and moved easily. Meth is relatively inexpensive and easy to make, so it is a common activity for those looking to make some fast money. As a landlord, you need to become educated on the impact of meth labs in rental properties.