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The ingredients used to make methamphetamine in clandestine laboratories are generally household products that by themselves present little danger, but when combined can have serious toxic and explosive effects.
If you came in contact with a methamphetamine lab operation, how would you know it? What ingredients and equipment would be present? What should you do if you find a meth lab?
Most of the chemicals used to make methamphetamine are not dangerous, but some of them are hazardous by themselves. Here are some of the common chemicals and ingredients that can be used to produce meth:
If you see any of the above ingredients stockpiled in greater than usual amounts, it could be an indication that someone is operating a meth lab.
The equipment and processes used to produce meth can also reveal the existence of a clandestine methamphetamine laboratory.
According to the Drug Enforcement Administration, here are some indicators of a meth lab:
Many of the above items are found in normal household products, but if they are gathered together in higher than usual amounts, it could indicate meth production activity.
Do not touch anything in the lab area and do not sniff any containers. Do not turn any electrical power switches or light switches on or off. Do not open or move any of the containers with chemicals in them.
Whatever you do, do not smoke, eat or drink anywhere near a methamphetamine laboratory.
If you come in contact with a meth lab, you should decontaminate yourself and your clothing as quickly as possible, wash your hands and face thoroughly, and call your local authorities.
Cleaning up a clandestine meth lab is a dangerous and complicated process which should be handled by trained professionals. Do not attempt to clean up or dispose of a suspected meth lab yourself.
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