Meth Watch: Resources for Retailers

Customer Letter (PDF): Provide to customers if they have questions about the placement of their cold medicine.

Suspicious Transaction Report: Retail employees play an invaluable role in assisting law enforcement in preventing the manufacturing of methamphetamine in Maine communities. This report is a guide for employees in reporting suspicious transactions to law enforcement. Report in Excel | Report in PDF

Employee Poster (PDF): Awareness is the first step in preventing the manufacturing of methamphetamine and the inevitable theft of precursor ingredients. The Maine Meth Watch Program can provide retailers with a poster for employee break rooms that pictures many of the common ingredients used to manufacture methamphetamine.

Common Ingredients Used to Manufacture Methamphetamine:

  • Over the counter cold tablets
  • Starter fluid
  • Coffee filters
  • Matchbook Striker Plates
  • Lithium batteries
  • Iodine
  • Rock salt
  • Paint Thinner
  • Aluminum foil
  • Glass Bottles
  • Acetone
  • Rubbing alcohol
  • Propane tanks

Signs of Methamphetamine Use:

  • Auditory or visual hallucinations
  • Paranoia or excessive panic
  • Nervous activity
  • Irritable, aggressive, even violent behavior
  • Open sores caused by picking at the skin
  • Tooth decay
  • Unpleasant body odor that might smell like glue or mayonnaise
  • Not sleeping for extended periods of time
  • Extreme weight loss
  • Dramatic mood swings
  • Increased heart rate, blood pressure, and respiration


If you suspect methamphetamine related activity always put your own safety first. If a suspicious individual is attempting to purchase precursor ingredients, finish the sale and immediately call local law enforcement. Complete the suspicious transaction report to the best of your ability.

Other Resources, including the Maine Methamphetamine Prevention Toolkit

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