What wastes are created during the manufacture of methamphetamine?
Cooking generates a variety of noxious solvents and gases, such as hydrogen chloride, phosphine, and meth itself. For each pound of meth produced, approximately five pounds of toxic waste are left behind.
What are typical signs of a clandestine methamphetamine lab?
Yes, a product can be purchased from SKC. The product name is MethAlert and uses color wipes to detect methamphetamine residue.
MethAlert Color Wipe Kit *
MethAlert can establish the presence of meth residue on surfaces from 15 to 5000 micrograms/100 cm2. Following are examples of how MethAlert can be used:
*MethAlert is a colorimetric test that detects the presence of methamphetamine residue on surfaces from 15 to 5000 micrograms/cm2. Results should not be used for clearance purposes. AMRC does not endorse the MethAlert product and is only supplying this for informational purposes only.
Who is responsible for cleaning up the contamination?
Typically during a drug bust the law enforcement agency will collect the large manufacturing items; however cleanup of the residence and property is the responsibility of the property owner.
What are the health effects from exposure to methamphetamine residues?
The potential health effects depend on
Exposure to volatile organic compounds (VOCs) may cause symptoms such as nose and throat irritation, headaches, dizziness, nausea, vomiting, confusion and breathing difficulties. Benzene is a VOC known to cause cancer. Acids or bases will cause a burning sensation on the skin and in mucous membranes, and can cause severe eye damage. Exposure to metals and salts can cause a wide range of health effects including respiratory irritation, decreased mental function, anemia, kidney damage and birth defects. Methamphetamine residues can be present in rooms were the drug has not manufactured, but consumed only.