EMSL Analytical provides chemical testing solutions to ensure safe outdoor and indoor air quality (IAQ) for building occupants in structures formerly used as clandestine meth labs.
Cinnaminson, NJ, October 14th, 2010
Methamphetamine is a drug that also goes by the names of meth, speed, crank, crystal or ice. It is a potent synthetic drug that stimulants the central nervous system. Although methamphetamine can be prescribed by a doctor, its medical uses are limited, and the doses prescribed are much lower than those typically abused. Due to its high potential for abuse, methamphetamine is classified as a Schedule II drug.
Some of the methamphetamine abused in this country comes from foreign or domestic super-labs, but it is also be made in numerous small, illegal laboratories. Due to the toxic nature of the ingredients used during production it endangers the people in the clandestine laboratories, neighbors and the environment.
These clandestine laboratories have been found in everything from hotel rooms and recreational vehicles to apartments and suburban homes. During the illegal production of meth, properties used as laboratories often become contaminated with hazardous chemicals.
Household chemicals used in meth labs include flammable and volatile solvents such as methanol, ether, benzene, methylene chloride, trichloroethane and toluene. Other common chemicals may include muriatic acid, sodium hydroxide and ammonia.
“Not only does meth use cause addicts to destroy their lives, but people involved in the manufacturing of the illicit drug often create environmental hazards in homes used as drug laboratories,” reported Joe Frasca, Senior Vice President at EMSL Analytical. “These homes are often being used as a family residence even during the drug manufacturing process. After a drug lab has been shut down they remain a health hazard to future residents unless they are properly remediated and EMSL provides the necessary testing to ensure the job is done right.”
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EMSL Analytical is a nationally recognized and locally focused provider of quality environmental and materials testing services and products to professionals and the general public. The company has an extensive list of accreditations from leading organizations as well as state and federal regulating bodies.