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Dangers and Signs of Living Near a Meth Lab

Discussion in 'General Substance Abuse Discussion' started by LoveEcho, Nov 15, 2015.

  1. LoveEcho

    LoveEcho Community Champion

    We all love Breaking Bad but meth labs are extremely dangerous, not only because can explode! Doing some research about meth labs I found how dangerous they can be. I thought everyone should see this. Keep yourself and your family safe!

    “Tens or even hundreds of thousands of [meth labs], however, are situated right under our noses in apartments and houses in communities across America. They are not only in inner city neighborhoods or in rural areas, but have been discovered in otherwise normal, middle-class neighborhoods and even in some highly affluent areas where the houses were valued at close to $1 million. These clandestine meth labs pose a serious public health risk, not only because they provide a local supply of drugs that do not have to be trafficked across the Mexican border, but also due to the fact that the chemicals used in the production of methamphetamine are highly dangerous to human health and may even cause explosions and house fires.”

    “Meth also requires a number of different other chemicals, many of which are highly volatile and toxic and which are liable to cause a fire or an explosion when handled improperly. People who live in the vicinity of meth labs are at risk of serious injury or death in the event of an accident. Unfortunately, meth labs often go undetected until the day when a crew of firefighters is called to the scene of an explosion or a blaze which may have claimed the lives of innocent people.”

    “In addition to the risks of being injured in such a dramatic fashion, there is also the danger posed by the environmental contamination associated with the production of methamphetamine. The process of “cooking” meth causes pervasive pollution of the immediate environment, including the carpet, the walls, the furniture, curtains, air ducts and even the air itself. This contamination can spread outside of the home and into adjacent apartments or even into neighboring houses. To get an idea of just how dangerous these chemicals are, consider the fact that law enforcement and public health officials who enter meth labs will typically only do so with the protection of gloves, goggles, respirators and hazmat suits, since they treat the lab as a hazardous waste site. Many of the homes which are discovered to serve as the location for meth labs end up on the Drug Enforcement Administration’s National Clandestine Laboratory Register, but it is estimated that as many as 90 percent of labs are never detected.”

    “Common symptoms of toxic exposure to the chemicals involved in methamphetamine production include headaches, nausea, fatigue, lethargy and dizziness. More acute exposures can result in similar symptoms, as well as difficulty breathing, chest pain and cough, loss of physical coordination, and irritation and chemical burns on the skin, eyes, nose and mouth. Exposure can even be lethal. There is also a long-term risk of cancer, liver, brain and kidney damage, miscarriage and birth defects. If you suspect that you may be living near an active meth lab — or just as bad, in a former lab — it is of the greatest importance that you contact the authorities and seek an expert evaluation of the environment to confirm or dispel your suspicions.”


    Signs You live Near A Meth Lab:

    1. Frequent visitors at all times of the day or night, followed by periods where there are no visitors.

    Meth users can stay awake for several days and nights without sleep. During those “awake times”, buyers will frequently visit the meth dealer’s home. Cash poor buyers often bring stolen goods to the meth dealer’s home to barter for methamphetamine. Electronic items and tools are popular replacements for cash. Meth cooks will often “signal” buyers when they have meth to sell by doing something like leaving a porch light on or creating some other visible sign outside of their house.

    2. Visitors park far away from the meth lab house, even though there is parking available in front of the home.

    Buyers don’t want neighbors or other people that they know to see their car parked in front of a drug dealer’s home and meth dealers don’t want alot of vehicles showing up at their house. Some meth buyers drive stolen cars, but that’s not true of all buyers. If the car has been stolen, the door lock may be punched out. Stolen cars may be dirty, but they will have clean license plates.

    3. Activity at the house is usually at odd hours or late at night.

    Meth cooks usually cook meth in the early morning hours when most people are sleeping. Meth lab cooks that use motel and hotel rooms to cook meth often cook meth somewhere between 1 a.m. and 4 a.m. Meth’s effec

    3. Occupants appear unemployed, yet seem to have plenty of money and pay bills with cash.

    Meth dealers get paid in cash and often with stolen property. Because of the laws limiting the sale of pseudoephedrine, meth dealers will also accept packages of pseudoephedrine as payment for meth.4. Occupants are unfriendly, appear secretive about activities.The last thing that a meth cook wants is a friendly neighbor stopping by and asking questions about anything they see or smell, or about them, for that matter.

    5. Occupants watch cars suspiciously when they pass by.

    Heavy meth users and meth cooks are always worried that someone is coming to get them and they want to be ready to a) make a quick escape or b) grab a weapon.6. Occupants display a paranoid or odd behavior.Heavy meth users who go without food and sleep for several days in a row are prone to hallucinations and paranoia.

    And, that's only the first 5 signs. There's a lot more here:
  2. doatk22

    doatk22 Community Champion

    This is very scary to read and realize the facts. Reading about how they could be in apartments and right near you. That's unsettling especially when you have kids to worry about. It's good to know the signs to look out for as well.
  3. serenity

    serenity Community Champion

    I think the government should step up their game, and they should do all that they can to catch the people behind these meth labs. I think the surrounding neighbors should also be vigilant and report if they see an anomaly going on in suspected houses. Better to conduct an ambush inspection on random or suspected houses too to be sure.
  4. Jasmine2015

    Jasmine2015 Community Champion

    This is very good information. It makes no sense that you could be living in danger and not even know it. I worry about kids and how they like to play outside on playgrounds and lawns and boom! Some random house explodes. It would also really suck if you worked hard to move to a better neighborhood only for a house on your street to explode and possibly make other houses catch fire including yours.
  5. zaerine

    zaerine Community Champion

    Alarming that even a simple house can be a meth laboratory. I have heard in the news before about apartments in some areas here where meth are made. So it is really true that we might just aware of the meth labs that could be just near us and not yet being discovered by the authorities.
  6. pwarbi

    pwarbi Community Champion

    I think the same signs can be looked out for no matter what form of drug an house is selling and making, and it's easy to recognise there's something dodgy going on.

    Breaking bad I think brought the dangers of meth, to the forefront of people's attention and that's a good thing.
  7. dyanmarie25

    dyanmarie25 Community Champion

    Thanks for sharing this information to us here. Quite alarming, but very relevant. And yes, these meth labs are not only health/safety hazard for the neighborhood, but they are also not ideal for the children to be seen.
  8. Rosyrain

    Rosyrain Community Champion

    This is something that concerns me every time I move because you never know who your neighbors are. Even if you live in a nice neighborhood, you can still live near a meth lab. Some people are very good at concealing their bad deeds. Thanks for sharing this great information, it gives us all something to think about when we are moving.
  9. Dwayneu

    Dwayneu Community Champion

    It's pretty scary, I've heard so many stories of a guy friend of a guy friend who knows someone having an entire lab in their basement. That sort of environment is destructive, it's almost like you can sense the vibe of something wrong going on, not to mention the risk of explosions.
  10. oraclemay

    oraclemay Community Champion

    It is alarming, but we do need to be informed about what could be going on under our nose. We often see news reports about police being tipped off regarding drug labs or sales at a house in the suburbs. It must be terrifying when it happens in your neighborhood. Some of us are used to seeing this type of thing and do not become overly alarmed although it should be reported.
  11. Sparkster

    Sparkster Community Champion

    Being anywhere near a meth lab is the last place you want to be but who knows where they are located except for the meth manufacturers? They could be anywhere and that's a scary thought. Toxic fumes, potential for explosions, risky processes, etc. It's a dangerous game. What I'm wondering about this though, if anyone can answer, is this - is the same process used for making amphetamine, rather than meth(amphetamine)?
  12. Tsky45

    Tsky45 Community Champion

    These are really some sings I see all the time. Of course you can't just accuse people of having a meth lab, there could be other reasons for there strange behavior. I think that this is really dangerous to be going on in places where people live next to each other. I still don't understand why people would buy this stuff anymore anyway. This drug has way more side effects then the high is worth.
  13. thash1979

    thash1979 Active Contributor

    My husband's grandmother lives across the street from a know house that has not once but twice now been raided for cooking meth. The first time, was not busted by the sell or traffic, but literally because they blew their garage up as well as caught the neighbors house on fire. The people went to jail, bonded out, maybe spent some time in jail for their sentence and went back to the house to fire the operation up again. When we are over there, all you smell is what they are "cooking" up in the house. Recently, they were raided by numerous officials and went to jail yet again for a meth lab. This is a scary scary situation seeming as how these houses are in an addition so close to each other. They could do one thing wrong again and not just catch the house next to them on fire, but maybe blow the whole block up. And then there is the question as to how would the state or county even sell that house if they moved out. Having a meth lab in the house is not something you can just get rid of, or paint over.
  14. Coolkidhere

    Coolkidhere Community Champion

    I remember in January 2016, a huge "shabu" or meth lab was busted by the authorities here in my county. Actually, it was considered the biggest meth lab in here. It was found at a residential area where lots of families live. The more troubling thing is that the authorities found their former chief of police. The said police had lead several drug raid operations even before the busted shabby lab.

    Of course, the former chief of police said that he was conducting his own investigation on the matter. But the authorities did not believe him and still arrested him.
  15. pwarbi

    pwarbi Community Champion

    I think breaking bad as added a certain romance, if you want to call it that, to the whole meth lab argument.

    While there's no doubt that the drug itself, as well as how and where it's made is dangerous, I don't think people these days take it as seriously as they should.
  16. Okaviator

    Okaviator Senior Contributor

    I completely agree that meth labs are dangerous. Just a few months ago I had a friend that lived in an apartment right under a home-made meth lab. What then happened was that the lab exploded when the owner passed out nearby. Up to this day I will never look at the show "Breaking Bad" the same way again.