Methamphetamine Home Labs – What You Need To Know

by | Mar 2, 2017 | Drug-Lab Cleanup

Methamphetamine is an illegal drug, originally used for the treatment of ailments such as depression and chest congestion. It has since become a highly addictive and easily made drug.

Many toxic chemicals go into the manufacture meth. Additionally these chemicals and can be easily purchased through pharmacies, hardware stores and supermarkets. Because of the ease in accessibility of ingredients, there has been a substantial increase of meth labs across Australia.

According to the Australian Crime Commission, 744 clandestine/methamphetamine home labs labs were detected by police in Australia in 2013-2014. Queensland has the biggest problem of all the states with 340 of the 744 labs being detected.  Due the increased production, procedures and guidelines have been established to eliminate the high risks associated with the manufacture and byproducts.

How Methamphetamine affects your home.

The manufacturing of methamphetamine releases a mixture of dangerous chemical vapours. Consequently these vapours permeate all porous surfaces and fills the property with harmful chemicals.

Consequently the chemicals emit fumes which are absorbed and contaminate property contents and building materials alike. For this reason toxins can contaminate carpeting, wall boards, ceiling tiles, wooden items, kitchen benches and utensils, children’s toys, clothing, linen and other fabrics, books, documents and furniture.

Health Issues with Infected Homes.

The health issues that arise from exposure may include breathing problems, headaches, nausea, dizziness, skin and eye irritation and respiratory issues. High levels of exposure can result in severe health problems such as severe lung damage, skin and throat burns.

To find out more click here for the Australian Crime Commission (Queensland Police Service) article.

Think your property may have been a clandestine or methamphetamine lab in a past life? Call Juvenaire today and a Project Manager will discuss with you the processes involved. We will arrange for an inspection prior to organising further testing. We send the meth samples to a specialty lab to ensure that we attain conclusive results for your safety.

For more on Juvenaire’s meth clean up service click here