1. What Are the Signs of a Meth House?
Structures used to make meth will normally have containers of of harmful materials like ether, solvents, phosphorus, paint thinners, bases and acids, or anhydrous ammonia. Other laboratory equipment, storage or cooking containers, or heating sources may also be present. Typically, a hazmat crew will remove the bulk of any production-related debris such as containers and chemicals after a lab is discovered by law enforcement. However, small residues of chemicals may have contaminated surfaces, drains, sinks, ventilation systems and absorbent materials (clothing, carpets, furniture, etc.). The drug lab contaminants may pose serious health threats to persons exposed to them.
You may witness suspicious behavior that indicate illegal activity is taking place inside a residence. You might see individuals act paranoid, not leave the house for extended periods, have frequent nighttime visitors and they may take their garbage elsewhere. Meth producers will often have extensive security systems, keep out and no trespassing signs and guard dogs.
Perform due diligence on any suspect property. Check the National Registry, Health Department (normally the Environmental Health Program) listings and call your local law enforcement representative. For information on children at risk in meth use or methamphetamine manufacturing environments visit the National Drug Endangered Children website.
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2. What If You Find a Methamphetamine Production Lab?
Whatever you do; do not touch containers, apparatus, chemicals - anything in the structure. Do not smell any containers. Do not move or open any chemical containers. Do not turn any light switches or electrical power switches on or off.
If you come in contact with a potential meth lab, you should shower thoroughly and wash your clothing - then call your local law enforcement.
Clandestine drug lab removal and decontamination is a dangerous and complicated process that should be handled by trained, certified professionals. Do not attempt to clean up or dispose of a suspected meth lab yourself. Do not attempt to decontaminate a property unless you have been trained on personal protective equipment and industry standard methodologies.
3. Test for Meth in Houses
The objective of methamphetamine testing is to collect samples representative of the actual levels of contamination within a property. Your testing kit needs to be accurate. Depending on the nature of the application, the best approach typically comes down to a specific balance of cost and speed versus confidence in the reliability and precision of test results.
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