Tableting Process

On the right is mixing equipment used to mix methamphetamine or MDMA with other powders (such as dyes and chalks) before making the mixture into tablets using a tableting machine (on the left).

Illicit manufacture and the tableting process. On the left, yellow and black dyes used in the illicit manufacture of ATS. On the right, two tableting machines. Note the the basket filled with tablets on the floor. Food coloring and colored chalk are additional ingredients added to the tablets, and have potential health implications for those abusing ATS.

Tableting machines come in many forms and models. Below is a type of rotary machine that was used for making methamphetamine and ecstasy tablets.

Illicit manufacture and a rotary tableting machine