A Meth Mess

Working in the world of clandestine drub lab cleanup can be a bit frustrating. I clean up homes that are contaminated by methamphetamine (meth) users and I see a lot of lives and memories being destroyed.

When you walk into these meth contaminated homes, often times the first thing I notice is that someone’s family once lived here: family pictures liter the rooms, old notebooks and letters are discarded, and personal items of all types are found in the nooks and crannies of the structure. I have seen books of family recipes that appeared to be handed down from generation to generation, photo albums detailing whole lives from the ultra sound to marriage pictures, custom made nick-knacks and pieces of art, and of course the little pieces of art made by children for their parents. I have also seen legal documents of all kinds. All of these items end up in the land fill.

What most people do not realize is that much of this stuff can be decontaminated. It is not easy and it is time consuming and tedious, but it can be done. If you believe you are in a meth contaminated home or your belongings are contaminated, you should contact a licensed CDL cleanup company to do an assessment on your home and belongings.

You can find a contractor at:
http://www.doh.wa.gov/CommunityandEnvironment/Contaminants/DrugLabs/CleanupCompanies.aspx

EPA Guidelines on cleanup can be found at:
http://www.epa.gov/osweroe1/meth_lab_guidelines.pdf

Affects of Meth
http://www.drugabuse.gov/publications/drugfacts/methamphetamine

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