Methamphetamine: Do You Know What's "Cooking" In Your Neighborhood? Many people think Drug Abuse is a victimless crime. Methamphetamine is a drug that effects us all in many ways, crossing all social and economic boundaries. It's in your neighborhood, you just may not know it.
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Signs of a Meth Lab
The signs of a drug lab are not as evident as they were 20 years ago. But, armed with information and keen awareness, citizens can and should - play a significant role in the battle to counteract the rise in meth labs. The small "box" labs are portable and can be stored in any apartment, home or business. Signs that there may be a meth lab in your neighborhood include: unusual amounts of glass containers, jars or cookware being brought in or thrown away; cat litter bags or other non-opaque bags with duct tape around them being thrown out; people smoking outside the home, especially at night; unusual strong odors like paint, ether, ammonia, alcohol or acetone; excessive trash, including large amounts of items such as antifreeze containers, fuel cans, batteries, drain cleaner, large quantities of cold medication, red-stained coffee filters, or duct tape; and efforts to camouflage or conceal windows. Finally, cooks are often contaminated with iodine and have yellow residue on their clothing or skin.
The Drug Enforcement Agency finds that cooks install booby-traps or defensive
fortification systems on their property in 15 percent of the discovered
meth labs. Explosive devices as well as mechanical and electrical devices
have been installed on boundaries of properties, at gates or entry doors
to warn when the property has been entered. These devices not only can
injure law enforcement responding to a meth lab but also injure the innocent
neighbor who visits the property. Exerpt from NMTF Article: WASTED
Toxins from Meth Labs Endanger Communities.
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