Methamphetamine is known as a highly addictive stimulant drug that has severe effects on the brain and nervous system.
The processing required to make methamphetamine is easier and more accessible than ever. An investment of a few hundred dollars in over-the-counter medications and chemicals can produce thousands of dollars worth of methamphetamine. The drug can be made in a makeshift lab that can fit into a suitcase.
Clandestine labs known as “mom and pop” labs are found in rural, city and suburban residences; barns, garages and other outbuildings; back rooms of businesses; apartments; hotel and motel rooms; storage facilities; vacant buildings; and vehicles.
People who manufacture meth do so in labs that often result in explosions and fires. Any number of solvents, precursors and hazardous agents are found in unmarked containers at these sites. These hazardous chemicals can enter the central nervous system and cause detrimental health effects. Environmental damage is another consequence of these reckless actions.
Each pound of meth produced leaves behind five or six pounds of toxic waste. This waste requires cleanup by a certified professional to properly remediate the chemical residue left behind.stem.
Meth can be smoked, snorted, injected or ingested orally. This means that in most meth houses the chemical substance can be found in multiple rooms, in the air ducts and on ceilings, walls and surfaces.
•Increased risk of fire
Unusual, strong odors similar to the that of fingernail polish remover or cat urine; renters who pay cash; large amounts of products such as cold medicines, antifreeze, drain cleaner, lantern fuel, coffee filters, batteries, duct tape, clear glass beakers and containers; and residences with windows blacked out and lots of nighttime traffic.