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Elizabeth Hartney, PhD

Shake and Bake Meth

By July 19, 2009

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No, it's not a pre-packaged way of ruining chicken. It's a dangerous new method for making methamphetamine, known as the one-pot method or “Shake and Bake.”

It involves putting fuel and fire in a container, such as a pop bottle, then applying pressure. It doesn't take a genius to figure out that the bottle can easily explode in these circumstances, and the risk of burns and/or other injuries are high. Used bottles also pose a risk to the public, so don't touch a discarded bottle if it looks like it might have been used for this purpose.

The potential to make drugs on the move seems to be the incentive for those using the method, and manufacturers and users of drugs such as meth are not known for their caution. An explosion is exactly the kind of situation that leads to drug manufacture and trafficking being exposed, so if you are doing this, you carry the double risk of harm to yourself or someone else, and serious drug charges.

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April 14, 2013 at 6:25 pm
(3) Timothy Boone says:

This is misleading and not very informative. The general pubic is mislead often enough. The Shake n Bake method is a reduced Birch Synthesis of pseudoephidrine to methamphetamine. Which requires among other things a little metal, lithium being most common, ammonia nitrate, and sodium hydroxide. Lithium rapidly oxidizes when in contact with water. It will spontaneously combust just from the moisture in the atmosphere. A bi product of liberating ammonia from nitrate with sodium hydroxide is water. The rest is an accident waiting to happen when it’s all in one pressurized container.

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