Garden Grove, CA, October 18th, 2010
According to the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) for every pound of methamphetamine produced it can yield up to five pounds of toxic waste. Some of the chemicals used to produce methamphetamine have independent toxicity; when combined, they can have serious toxic and explosive effects.
Common ingredients in methamphetamine include:
- Starting fluid (ether)
- Paint thinner
- Anhydrous ammonia
- Iodine crystals
- Red phosphorous
- Brake cleaner (toluene)
- Drain cleaner (sodium hydroxide)
- Battery acid (sulfuric acid)
- Reactive metals (sodium or lithium)
- Cold tablets containing pseudoephedrine
These materials are a danger to not only those involved with the illegal manufacture of methamphetamine, but also to people living in or near the clandestine laboratory. Even once a meth lab has been shut down the environment inside and outside the structure often remains toxic.
LA Testing, an affiliate of EMSL Analytical and a leading source of environmental testing services, provides comprehensive chemical analyses for clandestine meth laboratories. “Inhalation, absorption and ingestion of toxic chemicals left behind from the production of meth are all dangers to people and especially to children,” reported Ben Sublasky, National Director of Client Services for LA Testing and EMSL Analytical. “The only way to ensure a property is not contaminated is to test it and the only sure way to document that a former meth lab has been properly remediated is through laboratory analysis. LA Testing provides this important service to protect people and the environment from the toxic aftermath of meth production.”
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To learn more about methamphetamine testing services please visit www.LATesting.com, email info@LATesting.com or call (800) 755-1794.
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