Cinnaminson, NJ, January 23, 2013
People living in current or former clandestine methamphetamine laboratories can be exposed to many dangers. These include exposure to toxic chemicals, sometimes long after the property has been used as a meth lab, and the risk of fires and explosions in active meth labs.
Methamphetamine is a drug that also goes by the names of meth, speed, crank, crystal or ice. It is a potent synthetic drug that stimulants the central nervous system. Although methamphetamine can be prescribed by a doctor, its medical uses are limited, and the doses prescribed are much lower than those typically abused. Due to its high potential for abuse, methamphetamine is classified as a Schedule II drug.
Various toxic chemicals are used in the production of meth. During the cooking process, toxic fumes, spills and vapors are all created that can cause immediate health concerns building occupants and neighbors. Toxic residues are also often left on surfaces throughout a meth laboratory that can be a danger to future building occupants. Often times, future residents may not even know the building was formerly used as a meth laboratory.
“Many meth laboratories are discovered due to fires and explosions that can easily occur during the meth cooking process,” reported Joe Frasca, Senior Vice President, Marketing at EMSL Analytical, a leading industrial hygiene testing laboratory. “Some very volatile and hazardous chemicals are used in the production process that can easily ignite if not properly handled and stored correctly. These fires and explosions create an immediate danger to people in the meth laboratory and to any neighbors. EMSL provides industrial hygiene and environmental sampling for methamphetamine and many of the hazardous chemicals used to make it.”
EMSL has sponsored a public service video on the environmental dangers of meth laboratories that can be viewed at:
To learn more about methamphetamine testing services, or to request testing supplies, please visit www.EMSL.com, email info@EMSL.com or call (800) 220-3675.
About EMSL Analytical, Inc.
EMSL Analytical is a nationally recognized and locally focused provider of environmental and materials testing services and products to professionals and the general public. The company has an extensive list of accreditations from leading organizations as well as state and federal regulating bodies.