Form of ATS

ATS can be identified by its physical forms and its chemical characteristics, which are identified through drug testing laboratories. The primary forms of ATS in East Asia and the Pacific include methamphetamine tablets, powder, crystals (ice), and "base" (see reference below). Although they do not represent all possible forms, they do provide an indication of the wide variety of ATS produced and distributed in the region, and provide a reasonable framework to standardize collection of ATS data. The national capacity to perform drug analysis varies widely in the region, but forensic laboratory data is beginning to acquire more importance as legal frameworks for law enforcement are developed.