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Meth Labs Could be in Places You Wouldn't Suspect

Posted Apr 13 2012 1:19am

Meth labs are constantly being shut down throughout the country and with every one shut down, two or more take its place.  The sad truth about meth is that it is one of the most addictive drugs available in the country and it can easily be made at a person’s home with little money and very little drug education.  It is a concoction of toxic chemicals and over the counter drugs that can have a devastating ending both for the maker and the people that live around the meth lab's location. 

For starters, let’s talk about the toxic chemicals that make up the street drug known as methamphetamine.  These ingredients include:

  • Hydrochloric acid - Corrosive liquid that is used to remove iron oxide or rust from steel and in high doses can actually eat away a person’s flesh.
  • Lighter fluid - Used as the liquid used inside of lighters and when ingested it can cause gastrointestinal issues, lethargy, diarrhea, and even death.
  • Drano - Used to release clogs from pipes and when consumed can cause death within minutes if medical attention is not sought.
  • Brake fluid - Helps a car when stopping quickly.  On the label of a brake fluid container it states to not get any on paint or chrome because it will eat away the finish. Imagine the damaging effects this ingredient will have on a person’s health.
  • Ether - Highly flammable liquid that is used in poverty stricken countries for anesthesia and also used in race cars to help them go faster.
  • Ephedrine - This is an active ingredient that can be found in many cough medications and mucus relief medications.  Without this drug present in methamphetamine there would be a much weaker high and a lot less chance that a person would become addicted.
  • Iodine - Large amounts of Iodine can limit the function of any person’s thyroid and it takes massive amounts of this chemical to produce small amounts of methamphetamine.
  • Red Phosphorus - Muscle breakdown, brain damage, cardiac arrest, and increased blood pressure are some of the common side effects with taking this chemical in large doses.
  • Lye - A corrosive and deadly drain cleaner that is usually used by individuals looking to have something decomposed in a rapid progress. 
  • Anhydrous Ammonia - Severe burns, permanent damage to the throat, eyes, and lungs, and skin corrosion are all possible side effects of just handling this chemical substance.

Hazards of Meth Labs on Surrounding Residents

All of the ingredients mixed together inside of the hundreds of meth labs across the country cause for a poor environment in and around the location that the meth labs are taking place.  The individual that is making the toxic chemical concoction has to remain completely clothed with protective fabrics to avoid the chemicals that should not come into contact with their skin, and they have to wear a breathing mask in order to avoid any problems with their lungs, throat or internal health. 

When meth labs are created, a person usually chooses a location that is in a non-suspicious location that they can perform their task of making meth without trouble from the neighbors or anyone thinking that they are in fact polluting the environment that surrounds the location.  Several common side effects to the environment that all meth labs are causing to the surrounding locations are:

  • Toxic waste: A major problem that comes to mind when thinking about meth labs and their methamphetamine production.  This toxic waste comes from the massive amounts of chemicals that have to be disposed of once the individual finishes making meth.  The side effects to the people living in and around the area of the meth production usually ranges from cancer to organ failure and can be more severe depending on the amounts of meth actually being produced.
  • Chemical remains: The chemicals used to produce meth will remain inside and outside of the property that the meth was produced for years. The walls, floors, ceiling, and any other permanent structures on the property may be toxic.
  • Toxic fumes: These fumes greatly affect the individual making the meth and the people living around the meth labs.  These fumes can cause underdevelopment in children and physical health issues in all people that being exposed to these chemicals.

All meth labs are a hazard to innocent people that have no clue that they are being exposed to these nasty, deadly chemicals.  For more information about meth labs, contact a professional addiction treatment facility.

About the Author

Marilyn Kegley works with to educate individuals about the dangers of substance abuse. After watching numerous loved ones struggle with addiction, her goal is to help as many people as possible get effective and successful rehabilitation treatment.
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