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Meth Glossary

Meth contamination public adjusters are familiar with a variety of insurance-related and meth-related terms. However, you might not be as familiar with these terms as we are. Below are some common words and their definitions that you may encounter when dealing with a meth damage claim.

Acetone – A solvent often found in fingernail polish – and often used in meth production.

Acetic acid – A fancy word for "vinegar."

Ammonia – A chemical compound often found in fertilizer – and often used when cooking meth.

Benzene – Another common meth ingredient, benzene is typically used in lacquers and varnishes.

Cross contamination – Contamination that has been transferred from one place to another through ventilation or physical contact.

Decontamination – A meth remediation process that removes meth residue from a surface or contaminated area.

Ephedrine – A legitimate drug often used to make meth.

Ethanol – Grain alcohol, or ethanol, is often used by meth cooks.

Hazmat suit – A protective suit that covers the entire body, protecting it from harmful substances. Hazmat suits are often worn by first responders, meth cleanup crews, meth contamination public adjusters, meth testers, and others concerned about harmful contact with meth residue and other chemical agents.

Meth Abatement / Remediation – A process for cleaning up meth contamination that involves removing, cleaning, and decontaminating a contaminated area.

Methamphetamine (meth) – The chemical "n-methyl-1-phenyl-propan-2-amine" is commonly referred to as meth. Though medical versions of methamphetamines are available by prescription, street meth is an illegally produced stimulant made by cooking over-the-counter drugs with other commonly found chemicals such as acetone, battery acid, ether, or lye.

Methyl alcohol – Used in brake cleaner fluid, antifreeze, gasoline – and meth.

Pseudoephedrine – A decongestant that is often used by meth cooks as an ingredient in meth.

Source sampling – Also called surface sampling or direct sampling, source sampling involves swabbing a surface to obtain a sample which is then tested for the presence of a harmful substance such as meth.

Sulfuric acid – Commonly used as drain cleaner and battery acid, sulfuric acid is also commonly used in meth.