Meth

DS Environmental provides a full spectrum of methamphetamine (meth) consulting and testing services:

  • Meth Lab Identification
  • Screening Assessments
  • Preliminary Site Assessments
  • Meth Sampling
  • Post Remediation Assessments
  • Evaluation of Clean-up Levels
  • Residential, Commercial, Vehicles

Methamphetamine Basics

Meth is a powerful, highly addictive stimulant drug that dramatically affects the central nervous system. Meth comes in several forms, including powder, crystal, rocks, and tablets. The ingredients that are used in the process of making meth can include: ether, paint thinner, Freon®, acetone, anhydrous ammonia, iodine crystals, red phosphorus, drain cleaner, battery acid, and lithium (taken from inside batteries).

Meth laboratories have been a growing problem throughout Colorado and across the United Stated. The number of meth lab seizures reported by the Colorado Bureau of Investigation has increased from 150 in 1999, to 264 in 2000, to 452 in 2001, and over 700 in 2002.

Byproducts and contaminants from the production of meth include potentially flammable extraction process sludges, phosphine gas, hydriodic acid, hydrogen chloride gas, phosphoric acid, and white or yellow phosphorous.

When to Test for Meth?

There are several warning signs of a suspected meth lab that may prompt an individual to test for the presence of dangerous chemicals used in the cooking process. Individuals should be aware of active meth labs, abandoned meth labs, and spaces that used to house meth labs.

These warning signs include:

  • Strong or unusual odors (solvents, ammonia, ether-like, vinegar-like, pungent, acrid, or sour)
  • Windows covered with plastic or tin foil
  • Discoloration of structures, pavement, and soil
  • Unusual structures

Health Risks of Meth Exposure

Acute exposures to high concentrations of some meth lab chemicals can cause severe health problems including lung damage and burns to different parts of the body. Chronic exposures to low concentrations of meth lab chemicals can also cause health problems, such as cancer, and damage to the central nervous system, liver, or kidneys.

Contact DS Environmental!

Once a lab is shut down, and the materials used in cooking the meth are removed, traces of the chemicals used and produced in the process can remain in the space. The owner of the property is responsible for ensuring the space is properly cleaned up, and the Colorado Department of Public Health and the Environment suggests that testing be conducted post-cleanup to ensure that the structure is safe for re-occupancy. DS Environmental can assist throughout the lifecycle of these types of projects, and can provide the services, analysis, and documentation necessary to prove that clean-up results are satisfactory.

Call us at (303) 286-9094 for testing and guidance!

 


Helpful Links

State of Colorado: Meth FAQ
National Institute on Drug Abuse: Meth Facts 
State of Colorado: Meth Lab Cleanup