Am I living in a meth-contaminated home? Am I driving a meth-contaminated vehicle? Can I be harmed by meth contamination?
Meth use, with its high addiction rate (37%), continues to dominate illegal drug use in the US. Adults using meth can expect to live no more than five years at that point addiction occurs.
Exposure to VOCs may cause symptoms such as nose and throat irritation, headaches, dizziness, nausea, vomiting, confusion and breathing difficulties. Benzene, a potential meth chemical, is a VOC known to cause cancer.
Chemicals that are acids or bases will cause a burning sensation on the skin and in mucous membranes, and can cause severe eye damage. Exposure to hazardous metals and salts can cause a wide range of health effects including respiratory irritation, decreased mental function, anemia, kidney damage and birth defects. Meth affects the central nervous system and will increase heart rate and blood pressure.
With societal use on the rise, the risk of finding oneself coming in contact with meth contamination is likely, e.g. apartment, house, office building, vehicle. Contamination can occur through the meth manufacturing process (meth cook labs) or individual use. For every pound of meth manufactured, five to six pounds of highly toxic waste byproducts are produced.
There are many different chemical ‘recipes’ for the manufacturing of meth. More than thirty chemicals are used and most are explosive, caustic and carcinogenic. These chemicals include volatile organic compounds (VOCs), household chemicals and other hazardous materials.
Fumes from meth labs, the chemical waste, and meth use are toxic, resulting in illness and/or death. Moreover, cookers often dump their chemicals into the ground, sewers, or septic systems, contaminating the ground, water, and wells, and placing the community at risk for exposure. Meth contamination can affect air quality, furniture, and structure materials, such as flooring, vents, and walls.
Advanced BioRecovery Solutions utilizes avant guard decontamination technologies to neutralize meth contamination efficiently and effectively. With these state-of-the-art technologies employed, labor costs and timeframes to complete decontamination are signifcantly reduced.