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Methamphetamine, also known as meth, speed,
crank, or ice, is a powerful and addictive stimulant
that affects the central nervous system. Meth is a
These small labs can be found in a meth cook s home,
synthetic drug produced and sold as pills, capsules,
in an automobile, or alongside a road. The ingredients
or powder that can be smoked, snorted, injected,
used to make meth are legitimate household materials,
usually found at retail stores, such as:
As a neurotoxin, meth damages the nervous system.
Its use can cause dependence and addiction,
psychosis, stroke, dangerously high body temperature,
and cardiac arrhythmia. Withdrawal often results in
Meth labs can range from small to large in size.
Meth has been made in Canada principally from bulk
quantities of chemicals in so-called super labs. Meth
production, however, has changed significantly and law
enforcement authorities have seen an increase in the
number of small labs where meth cooks use recipes,often found online, to create small amounts of the drug
While these small homemade labs produce a tinyfraction of the meth a super lab may produce, they
present a huge danger to the communities in which
they operate because toxic, hazardous, and explosive
chemicals are possible byproducts of the production
Retailers are in a unique position to help lawenforcement in the ght against meth, since the small-scale labs use a number of commonly found householdproducts available at drugstores, supermarkets, andother retail outlets. The Meth Watch Program addressesthis problem, and gives communities proven and
powerful tools to help curb meth production.
The Meth Watch Program is designed to help curtail the
have an important role in helping law enforcement stop
Don t take matters into your own hands. Don t confront
theft and suspicious sales of pseudoephedrine products
and other common household commodities used in the
the purchaser. Inform your manager of suspicious
illicit manufacturing of methamphetamine in small,
activity. And, depending on your store s procedures,
underground labs. A key goal of this program is to
promote cooperation between retailers and law
notify the RCMP Chemical Diversion Hotline at:
Place meth-related products in areas with
enforcement agencies to prevent the diversion of
Meth Watch is modelled after a highly successfulprogram of the same name that originally started inKansas as a public-private partnership. As news spread
Tell them you are a Meth Watch Program store and you
of its success, several American states began to adopt
want to report suspicious behaviour.
the Kansas model. That prompted the U.S. Consumer
Healthcare Products Association to develop a national
Be alert to people purchasing combinations
program that can be easily adapted elsewhere.
Follow your store s procedures for reporting
The Meth Watch objectives are to:
unusual purchases;Never confront someone suspected of being
Increase awareness by retail employees and
management of methamphetamine productionand how precursor chemicals are diverted fromlegal products into illegal manufacture of meth.
Promote co-operation and teamwork between
retailers and law enforcement professionals.
Retailers are a prime target for meth cooks who may
Reduce methamphetamine production without
steal or buy large quantities of precursor products from
disrupting the availability of legal products.
their stores. Meth cooks and addicts can be dangerousand no retailer wants to be a potential source for a methcook looking to manufacture this substance.
Meth Watch is a proven and accessible program that
Retailers participating in the Meth Watch Program
has resulted in meth lab seizures, hampered small toxic
report safer stores, better customer relations,
lab meth production, and decreased pseudoephedrine
increased employee awareness, and improved
product losses by retailers. While retail involvement is
communications with law enforcement. Many stores
key, Meth Watch is a voluntary program that involves
have experienced a decrease in loss from theft that is
directly related to their participation in Meth Watch.
Meth Watch partners are helping to unite their
Participating retailers strategically post Meth Watch
signs on their store fronts. Using a specially developedweb-learning portal, they train their employees torecognize suspicious transactions, without confronting oridentifying the customer, and to contact law enforcementwhen these take place.
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