Meth Labs, Contamination and Crime Scene Cleaners
Methamphetamine, or “meth”, as it is more commonly known on the street, is a powerful and dangerous stimulant drug that has been ruining people’s lives all across America. Unlike many other illegal drugs such as cocaine, heroin, or marijuana that are derived from plants, meth is what is known as a synthetic, or man-made, drug. It is produced using chemicals and ingredients that can be purchased from your local grocery store or pharmacy.
Meth Labs & Contamination
Meth is manufactured in makeshift labs where these chemicals and ingredients are cooked, producing highly toxic fumes and waste. Because of its high demand and the accessibility of its ingredients, meth labs have popped up all over the U.S., oftentimes n homes, trailers, and abandoned buildings. As depicted by the popular television show “Breaking Bad”, cooking meth is a very complicated––and dangerous––process, often resulting in explosions and fires when it goes awry. Even after meth labs are shut down by authorities and the evidence confiscated by police and crime scene clean up crews, residue of the harmful chemicals used to cook the illicit product may still be contaminating the home or site once occupied by the meth lab.
The Dangers of Living in a Home with Meth Residue
While the adverse effects of using methamphetamine are well known, many people are unaware of the health hazard posed by lingering meth residue. The production and smoking of the drug methamphetamine can cause serious and long-lasting contamination of property. Investigators have discovered contamination from methamphetamine in motel rooms more than 3 years after there was known use or production.
Breathing in or ingesting even traces of these chemicals can lead to short-term and long-term health effects including respiratory problems, skin irritation, or in some cases, even death. Children are especially vulnerable to the dangers of being exposed to meth residue. If you’ve heard rumors or suspect that your residence may have once been the site of a meth lab, it is highly advisable that you contact local crime scene cleaners to assess any potential contamination that might be putting the health of you and your family at risk!
Crime Scene Cleaners Can Decontaminate Your Home
Living in a home that was previously used to cook meth can cause serious health problems if the property hasn’t been completely decontaminated. Toxic residue from home-cooked meth may still be on carpets, walls, drapes, furniture, and ventilation systems. If you have reason to believe your home may be contaminated by chemicals associated with meth manufacture, professional cleanup specialists will assess your home for meth contamination by taking numerous samples from around your home to be send to an accredited lab for testing. If results from these tests come back positive, it may be necessary to take measures to thoroughly decontaminate your home, including removing of any carpeting or porous material that might have absorbed residue or fumes from meth.
The problem doesn’t have to be in your home to affect our health. If you suspect that a home in your neighborhood is the site of a meth lab, you owe it to yourself and your neighbors to notify authorities. Not only are the toxic fumes and waste produced by a meth lab a health hazard to all in the area, meth labs are highly combustible and can be a ticking time-bomb if something inside goes wrong.