Is There a Meth Lab in Your Neighborhood?

It was a quiet neighborhood. Until one day, the house down the block exploded in a horrible fireball killing the young man and woman that resided there. First thought, a gas leak must have been responsible. You see it on the news all the time, right? Then, the real explanation comes out. It was a meth cookhouse. How did you not know? How did you and the neighbors let them operate? As you reflect, now you see what was going on.

What is Methamphetamine?

To understand your thoughts, you need to understand what you are dealing with before you can understand why they chose your neighborhood.

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– Methamphetamine – A white crystalline substance that looks similar to Cocaine. It can be snorted, smoked or injected directly into the vein by dissolving it in water. Meth came about as many illicit drugs. Produced for medicinal purposes such as weight loss, it was eventually perverted by illegal sales and use.

– Crystal Methamphetamine – A clear crystalline substance that looks a like rock salt or rock candy. Most commonly used form of amphetamine is ephedrine, which is found in common cold remedies. Whatever the form of the amphetamine, it is “cooked” with many household substances that would kill you upon ingestion by themselves, sulfuric acids, bleach, drain cleaner and antifreeze just to name a few.

What to Look for in a Meth House

Now, we will get into the, “what did you miss?” question. First, think back a few days to the last time you saw the house.

– Front lawn not maintained

– Windows covered up with room darkening blinds and never opened

– Lot of foot traffic in and out of the house

– Cars do not park in front of the house, even though there is plenty of room

– Strange chemical smells, especially from their garbage

– Sometimes, they put their garbage in a neighbor’s can

– Dumping pans of fluid in the backyard or alley, causing dead spots in backyard lawn

– If kids are present they look very unkempt

– They always smoke outside the house

– They are not friendly neighbors

– Always jittery and watch every car that drives by

– House seems busy at odd hours for days at a time, then suddenly nothing for a few days

What you saw was a meth house in action. Not every unkempt house is a meth house, but coupled together with a few of the other signs and you may have a situation worth the worry. The example of the house blowing up is a worst-case scenario. However, it is common due to the extreme danger of mixing such deadly chemicals together.

Unfortunately, most drug dealers begin using their own product. When this happens with a person who is responsible for cooking methamphetamine, it becomes a perfect combination for disaster. The mixing of such volatile chemicals with heat produces deadly fumes that affect the clarity of the person doing the cooking. If they do not wear a proper respirator, their mental capacity is affected, and the results are usually deadly.

If you notice any of these signs at a house in your neighborhood, notify law enforcement immediately. Meth houses are so dangerous that they need to be disassembled by trained hazardous materials teams from the local fire departments and the Federal Drug Enforcement Administration.

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