Regarding a meth lab, I see on the web site that you
would notice a smell, gas smell. I have noticed different smells
around my home, I thought myself, or my neighbors may have a gas
leak. My husband walked to the neighbors around us, to check everyones
meters, but all were fine. I did not notice the smell again until
today. Everyone I have spoke to said, if you smell a meth lab, you
will never forget the smell. If you have never smelled one, how
would you know the smell?
Meth labs have a strong amonia or rotten egg odor. If you have
an odor you can't identify that may be a gas leak or meth lab, contact
your local fire dept and report it. They will come out and investigate
the odor in most cases
How do I check to see if my house was a meth lab on this
Take a look at the Meth
Lab Locations section. There are two options to search for an
address. You can look at the Lab investigations files or you can
search the Adams County Assessor's database.
Where can I find
a cleanup company?
We have a list of companies on the
Meth Lab Locations
page. Click on the "Cleanup and Decontamination Companies"
link. The companies are listed alphabetically by name, and the Notes
column describes the type of cleanup that they do.
Why are we only seeing Meth busts in the North Metro Area?
Methamphetamine is a national crisis, and for the North Metro Task
Force, it's a priority. The Task Force is directly involving the
media so the community is aware of what's going.
||What is a clandestine lab?
A clandestine laboratory is simply defined as a place where preparation
of illegal substances takes place. These 'labs' are used to manufacture
drugs, explosives and even biological or chemical weapons. Most often,
the labs are used to manufacture methamphetamine, a potent illegal
||What hazards exist in a clandestine lab?
Since the activity in these labs is illegal, they are usually designed
for ease of concealment of the activity and not for safety. Often,
the persons running the lab have little or no formal education in
chemistry. Numerous hazards exist in this environment including potential
toxicities from the chemicals and gases produced, fires, explosions
and chemical and thermal burns. Children living in a lab are at heightened
risk for physical, psychological and sexual abuse as well as possible
exposure to methamphetamine or dangerous chemicals, booby traps, violence,
weapons and pornography.
||What chemicals are likely to be present in a clandestine lab?
This question must be answered with some caution. The chemicals commonly
used to manufacture methamphetamine are well known. However, this
does not mean that only these chemicals are present in a clandestine
lab. Since the activity of making methamphetamine is illegal, the
chemicals and equipment may be obtained through theft from legitimate
scientific laboratories or suppliers. In these circumstances, the
manufacturer may steal many things not required in the actual manufacture
of methamphetamine. Furthermore, a great deal of misinformation is
available, particularly on the internet, which may mislead a cook
into thinking a given chemical compound may be useful. Additionally,
the cook may lack the scientific sophistication to distinguish between
similar sounding chemical names. Finally, there may be more than one
clandestine activity taking place in the lab in addition to the preparation
of methamphetamine. That said, a wide variety of caustics / corrosives
(e.g. NaOH and HCl), solvents (e.g. naphtha and ether), and respiratory
irritants (e.g. ammonia) are commonly present in illicit methamphetamine
||What data are available regarding the long-term health effects
of these chemicals?
Though long-term effects of some chemicals are known primarily from
industrial settings, many other chemicals are not as well studied.
Within the specific context of clandestine methamphetamine labs, chemicals
may be mixed or stored inappropriately. A limited number of reports
have been published examining acute health effects of chemical exposure
in methamphetamine laboratories in emergency response personnel. No
studies involving long-term effects of continuous clandestine laboratory
exposure exist. Currently, no prospectively collected data exist describing
the effects of acute or chronic exposure of children to illicit methamphetamine
||What is meant by the term "decontamination" in reference
to persons removed from a clandestine laboratory, why is it necessary
and when should decontamination be performed?
simply means thoroughly washing in order to remove any potentially
harmful residue from persons removed from a hazardous site. Decontamination
is necessary to protect the individual from continued exposure as
well as to prevent possible secondary contamination of other persons,
equipment and facilities with which a contaminated individual might
come in contact. All persons removed from a clandestine lab should
be properly decontaminated and dressed in clean clothing prior to
any additional questioning or evaluation. Decontamination is necessary
regardless of the age of the person removed from the lab and whether
or not the lab was in use at the time of removal.
||How should a person removed from a clandestine laboratory be
The answer to this question depends entirely upon the exposure history
of the involved persons. For example, a police officer involved in
warrant service in a lab may only need decontamination of his/her
boots with a soap and water solution. An adult suspect removed from
a lab must have all clothing removed and be thoroughly washed with
soap and water, typically using portable warm water and then dried
and dressed in clean clothing such as a jail jumpsuit. The best recommendation
for a child is to have a facility such as a tent or camper available
at the scene in which the child can be given a warm shower and then
dressed in age and gender appropriate clothing to minimize the psychological
impact of the decontamination process. Decisions regarding specifics
of decontamination are most appropriately made by trained HAZMAT personnel.
||When should someone removed from a clandestine laboratory be
All symptomatic persons should be evaluated by medical personnel immediately
upon decontamination. Asymptomatic adults may not require medical
intervention. It is recommended that all children removed from clandestine
labs be evaluated by a qualified practitioner that can do a complete
pediatric evaluation within 24 hours of removal from the lab. Medical
evaluation of children removed from illicit labs is described in greater
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