How Meth Treatment Can Save Your Life
Meth labs are dangerous places.
Just being near one can cause health problems due its high degree of toxicity. According to the METH Awareness and Prevention Project of South Dakota, each pound of meth created in a meth lab produces six pounds of residue. Cleaning up a meth lab can cost as much as $10,000.
Meth is made from many poisonous and harsh chemicals that, when combined, can release toxic fumes. They can even ignite, causing huge fires and explosions. In some cases, the residue may be dumped outside, which can cause damage to water and the environment. The harsh liquids can cause stains and damage to houses as well.
Risks for Kids
Meth labs are especially dangerous to children. According to the report from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration entitled Methamphetamine Addiction, Treatment, and Outcomes: Implications for Child Welfare Workers, here are some reasons why these labs are so dangerous to kids:
- The parent uses meth.
- The mother uses meth during pregnancy.
- The parent makes meth in the home in small or large quantities.
- The parent is engaged in drug trafficking.
When a child is exposed to a parent who uses meth in the home, they are subject to the effects of secondhand smoke. When parents are under the influence of meth in the home, they may neglect their child. They may be unable to exercise good judgment and may be confused or paranoid. Exposure to meth for a fetus can cause premature birth, birth defects, low birth weight, developmental and growth delays, and even death.
When a child lives in a meth lab, they may be exposed to toxic fumes and chemicals and contaminated food. They may accidentally ingest one of the chemicals used in the meth production, which can be fatal. When a child lives in a home where drug trafficking takes place, they may be exposed to violence and abuse.
Cleaning Up Meth Labs
According to Occupational Health & Safety, cleaning up meth labs can be dangerous as well. Chemicals, such as ammonia and hydrochloric acid, can be found in such high amounts that they can cause severe damage to the skin and eyes. To ensure that the chemicals are not absorbed into the body, it is not uncommon for cleaning crews to wear hazardous materials suits – suits, gloves, boots and a breathing apparatus.
Signs of a Meth Lab
According to the METH Awareness and Prevention Project of South Dakota, there are many signs that point to a potential meth lab. If you notice any of these signs, address your concerns with law enforcement.
- A strong chemical odor, such as acetone or ammonia, or urine smell
- Windows are always covered
- Increase of visitors and activity at odd hours
- Paraphernalia, such as glassware, duct tape, fuel cans, etc.
- Residents often smoking outside
Entering Meth Addiction Treatment
Meth labs are dangerous to the meth users, children and anyone who visits the home. The toxic substances used can cause health problems to neighbors as well. Do not let meth control your life any longer; call us today for a free and confidential assessment.
We can assist you in locating treatment options in your area. Meth use can become fatal if not treated, so give us a call to get the help you need today.