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NCJ Number: 118326 Find in a Library
Title: Construction and Operation of Clandestine Drug Laboratories
Author(s): J B Nimble
Date Published: 1986
Page Count: 52
Publication Number: ISBN 0-915179-40-7
Type: Training (Aid/Material)
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: After arguing for the decriminalization of the controlled and responsible use of psychoactive drugs, this book describes how to create and operate a secure and safe clandestine drug laboratory.
Abstract: The argument for decriminalization is that psychoactive drugs are no different from tobacco, alcohol, and "junk" food. All are potentially harmful to the user when done to excess, but they can be pleasureable and relaxing with minimal harm when consumed responsibly. The author notes that the clandestine laboratories described in this book do not have to be used to make illegal drugs. They could be used to manufacture medicines and useful chemicals in a war or survival situation. Advice for security in the operation of a clandestine laboratory includes, operating alone, maintaining total silence about the laboratory, putting all telltale equipment and substances out of sight, covering laboratory windows, working with smelly substances and processes when neighbors are asleep, and operating near a toilet where substances can be quickly dispatched. Advice on safety focuses on equipment and the safe use of dangerous chemicals. After discussing location and facilities and when and how to stop laboratory operations, equipment is considered. The latter discussion encompasses glassware; the procurement of suspicious items; heating, stirring, and mixing; fume hoods; miscellaneous equipment; and tablets, capsules, and other packaging methods. 17 figures, 3-item annotated bibliography.
Main Term(s): Drug manufacturing
Index Term(s): Decriminalization; Designer drugs
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