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Meth contaminated properties represent a true crisis in Southern California and across the United States. At any time, an estimated 13 million properties are thought to be dangerously contaminated by meth at any point in time in the U.S.A. If meth contamination is suspected at a residential or commercial property, or at some other location, immediate remediation is necessary to protect the health and well-being of anyone connected with the location.

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Meth is ingested in four primary ways:

  • smoking
  • swallowing (pill)
  • snorting
  • injecting the powder that has been dissolved in water/alcohol

Smoking meth can result in serious contamination of the premises where the illicit activity occurs.

Methamphetamine is a powerful, highly addictive stimulant. Meth affects the central nervous system. Drug treatment specialists and physicians report that some people become addicted to meth after one use session. Profoundly negative physical, psychological, and emotional consequences can begin to occur after a person ingests meth one or two times. The same types of effects can occur when a person continually is exposed to meth at a contaminated property.

The illicit drug is manufactured across the United States, including throughout much of California, at what are known as meth labs. Meth labs are makeshift sites at which a so-called meth book brings together the various chemicals necessary to manufacture the drug. Meth labs create highly contaminated properties that can severely impact the health of people who are exposed to that contamination.

When meth contamination occurs, it can only be safely, thoroughly remediated by a professional. Our highly skilled, well-trained meth remediation specialists are on call 12 hours a day, 365 days a week, to restore your home, business, or other property to a safe and wholly usable condition. You can reach us through our meth decontamination hotline at (818) 358-4359.

The Horrific Health Hazards of Meth Exposure

Many people are shocked to learn that the health consequences of exposure to meth contamination, whether caused by a lab or smokers, ultimately can have the same types of horrifying health consequences that occur when people directly infest this dangerous drug. Short term effects of meth contamination exposure include:

  • increased wakefulness and physical activity
  • decreased appetite
  • faster breathing
  • rapid and/or irregular heartbeat
  • increased blood pressure and body temperature
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Longer term exposure to meth can have serious physical, psychological, and emotional consequences. These include:

  • extreme weight loss
  • addiction
  • severe dental problems (“meth mouth”)
  • intense itching, leading to skin sores from scratching
  • anxiety
  • changes in brain structure and function
  • confusion
  • memory loss
  • sleeping problems
  • violent behavior
  • paranoia (extreme and unreasonable distrust of others)
  • hallucinations (sensations and images that seem real though they are not)

There are now research studies that confirm people who are exposed to even seemingly lower levels of meth contamination can end up afflicted with even the most serious of these consequences. Worst yet, there are cases in which people have died as the result of more prolonged exposure to meth contamination.

Meth Lab Contamination: Life-Threatening Dangers that Require Immediate Remediation

Thousands of meth labs are uncovered every year in the country. More alarming is the conclusion reached by experts that for every meth lab discovered, 10 more such operations are undetected. What that means is that a very substantial number of meth contaminated properties exist in Southern California and elsewhere that expose people from all walks of life to very real health hazards.

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Meth Use Contamination: Hidden Hazards that Necessitate Prompt Decontamination

Meth labs present major health hazard, but so do properties where users smoke meth. Typically, a meth user will smoke the drug multiple times at the same location. In short speed, serious meth contamination occurs, rendering a property a health risk. Drug treatment experts believe that for every meth lab in California there are between 10 to 100 user sites, resulting in tens of thousands of potentially contaminated properties in California and likely millions throughout the United States.

Residential Properties and Meth Contamination: Profound Risks to a Family

Residential properties present issues of meth contamination with surprising frequency.
The most frequent situations when meth contamination becomes a concern include:

  • rental residential properties
  • vacant residential properties (properties between tenants, owners, or owned by banks and other financial institutions)
  • residential properties for sale
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Meth labs have a tendency to spring up in vacant residential properties, causing profound contamination. Moreover, some tenants and homeowners smoke meth in their residences. When the properties are vacated by a tenant or put up for sale by a meth-using homeowner, the premises can be significantly contaminated.

California law requires a landlord or homeowner with the legal duty to advise a prospective tenant or homebuyer with notification that the premises were contaminated as the result of the operation of a meth lab at the property. Absent testing for the presence of meth contamination, there is no sure way of knowing whether meth had been used rather than manufactured at a particular property.

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Commercial Properties and Meth Contamination: Jeopardizing the Safety of Workers and Patrons

Certain types of commercial properties are also susceptible to contamination arising out the operation of meth labs. On that list are commercial properties that are sitting vacant, even temporarily.

Another type of commercial property that is high on the list of potentially meth contaminated properties are hotels and motels. Hotels and motels provide convenient sites for setting up a meth lab. Moreover, these types of lodging properties are widely used by people who smoke meth, resulting in what can prove to be harmful contamination.

Immediate Steps if Meth Contamination is Suspected

If you suspect contamination arising from a meth lab or use at a property you own or manage, the first step is to immediately vacate the premises. You need to secure the property to ensure that other unauthorized person enters the premises while it is in a suspected contaminated state.

If evidence suggests that a meth lab was operated at the property, you need to contact local law enforcement immediately. Depending on the nature of the situation, a HAZMAT team may be necessary. Law enforcement and local health officials oversee this type of operation.

When the initial HAZMAT process is concluded, more in-depth meth decontamination is necessary. Similarly, if a HAZMAT team is not called to the site, comprehensive meth remediation is the immediate order of the day.

Our experienced meth decontamination specialists are available around the clock at (818) 358-4359.