Fertilizer Additive Could Curb Meth Production

A fertilizer additive developed by Iowa State University researchers may make anhydrous ammonia useless for producing methamphetamine, the Associated Press reported June 15.

Anhydrous ammonia, a chemical fertilizer that farmers use to boost crop production, is also a key ingredient in the making of methamphetamine.

Iowa state officials have declined to release the name of the additive, what it is made from, or how it works because it’s under legal review by federal officials. “The science is good and I am very pleased with this happening in Iowa,” said Iowa’s drug czar, Marvin Van Haaften.

“The additive is showing great promise and it’s showing that it’s effective in disrupting the process of manufacturing methamphetamine,” said Ed Childress, a U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration spokesman.