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Meth- Impact On The Environment

Methamphetamine, also meth, is a strong, long-acting, psychological and physical stimulant. Meth is highly addictive and appears as a powdery substance in a range of colors. It comes in pill form, powder, capsules, and crystals. Meth might have a chemical smell or can be odorless. It can be smoked, injected, swallowed, or snorted. When meth is in crystal form, it is inhaled through smoking. Meth is known by an array of street names, such as speed, vitamin C, crank, go-fast, and chalk. When in crystal form, it's referred to as crystal, ice, and glass.

Meth is probably the most abused drug today. Abuse is rampant and abusers look for all sorts of excuses to make it seem like it is helping rather than ruining them. Meth use does not just hurt people who abuse it, but also their friends and family members. Some ingredients that are used to make methamphetamine are highly volatile, making its production process very dangerous for people involved and those living close to an illegal lab.

Facts about meth

It is not possible to talk about meth without touching on facts about amphetamines. Meth is very similar to amphetamine. In fact, if the body is exposed to meth, meth will rapidly metabolize to amphetamine. The impacts of these two drugs are precisely identical that even the most experienced user cannot tell them apart. Most chemists who are familiar with chemical properties of amphetamine as well as methamphetamine will say that both drugs have virtually similar chemical compounds.

Are there environmental impacts of meth?

The environmental effects from meth are taking a huge toll on most communities. Meth is not only detrimental to human health, but also environmental hazard. It is made with ephedrine or pseudoephedrine found in over the counter medications like cough syrup. Other ingredients that are used to make meth, like brake sulfuric acid, cleaners, and lithium can be very toxic. Manufacturing of meth is an environmental nightmare. Ecological concerns are related with both the meth cooking process as well as the storage of numerous chemicals that are used to manufacture meth. Below we look at some of meth-impact on the environment.

Toxic waste

For each pound of meth made, 5 to 6 pounds of waste are produced. Meth manufactures often dispose of waste by putting it in the trash, flushing it in the toilets, dumping on the ground, or pouring it in waterways. Waste products from the drug manufacturing process, as well as contaminated glass and equipment, can be flammable, toxic, explosive, and lethal in some concentrations. With improper disposals, toxic waste can remain present and also active for many years.

Chemical residues

Unsuspicious victims living in places where there was a former drug lab(s) are usually among those at greatest danger of long-term exposure since the vapors involved in meth manufacturing are easily absorbed by the walls and floor surfaces, and chemical ingredients might stick on the floors as well as countertops long even after a drug lab has been shut down and dismantled. The leftover chemicals can hardly be removed through a normal cleaning.

Volatile organic compound

VOCs, volatile organic compounds, are constantly used in meth production. These gasses have unpleasant health effects such as cancer. They are produced during the meth manufacturing process as gasses. When they are released, these detrimental substances negatively affect both the groundwater and air. Also the use of highly flammable materials close propinquity to fire can increase the risks of fires as well as other explosions. When meth lab explodes, toxic fumes are usually released in the environment at a worrying rate.

Toxic fumes

Meth is manufactured in a lab type setting which entails the mixing and heating of chemicals. The vapors are toxic and can negatively affect people living within the area. Meth manufacturing is harmful to anyone who is exposed to it, but it is especially harmful to children more than adults. When a meth lab is discovered, kids living near the labs need special attention from a variety of professionals encompassing medical, legal as well as child welfare. Those kids who are unfortunate to reside in such environments are affected by these fumes. Their bodies will not be as healthy as those of adults and are more vulnerable to harm.

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