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Dan Howard
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We were discussing the toxic contamination that cooking Meth leaves in a home and how to test for the residue in my Advanced Environmental Class.

The importance of testing for Meth when it is suspected? It can be toxic to new and unsuspecting occupants of a building. Take a look at the ingredients below. Can you imagine what exposure to even trace amounts could do to a young child?
I have had cases where it has made persons in apartments proximate to the cooking Meth ill. One case my first hint was that the Drug Enforcement Agency was the three sign ins before me. The tub drain was rotted out and porcelain was worn from the bathtub in that residence.

Let me also mention that the mix is generally made by less than laboratory qualified personnel in unsanitary conditions by individuals that may be in an altered state of mind….from toxic ingredients.


THE STORY IN METH: Methamphetamine, also known as crystal meth or meth, is a highly addictive drug. It is an artificial substance made from very toxic materials, which can cause serious harm or death when handled or inhaled. Methamphetamine is typically ingested, snorted, smoked or injected. Although there are different formulas used to create meth, there are some main ingredients that are consistent. Most ingredients are extremely flammable and can be lethal.

What are the common toxic ingredients in crystal meth?
• Acetone- This is found in nail polish remover and paint thinners
• Lithium- From batteries
• Toluene- solvent used as fuel additive, in paint thinners, nail polish, brake cleaner
• Hydrochloric acid- Highly corrosive mineral acid used to remove rust from steel and refine metal
• Pseudoephedrine- found in cold medications
• Red Phosphorus- found in explosives such as road flares and on matchboxes
• Sodium hydroxide- also known as lye, in drain cleaners
• Sulfuric acid- found in toilet bowl and drain cleaners
• Anhydrous ammonia- found in fertilizer and countertop cleaner
• Lantern fuel or lighter fluid
• Ether found in starting fluid
• Antifreeze
• Iodine crystals

Cold and antihistamine medications (that include pseudoephedrine and ephedrine) are necessary as a main ingredient in meth production.
(Join us for our class to learn about identifying and testing for environmental hazards in real estate and buildings with Sick Building Syndrome)
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