Methamphetamine has been around in one form or another since the 1890’s and began making its way into the American drug scene in the 1970’s by way of biker gangs selling “speed” or “crank” (so named because they used to hide it in the crankcases of their motorcycles). Meth use has exploded in recent years. In 1995 there were 6 meth labs busted in Indiana. In 2013 there were 1,721.
Methamphetamine is not like most other drugs. Besides being one of the most addictive drugs available, as well as one of the hardest to quit, meth is also very easy to produce at home. These “one pot” or “shake n’ bake” labs are able to be produced from common household products. You probably have all the precursors necessary to make crystal meth in your house right now. This creates a unique problem for drug enforcement officials as there is no supplier or distributor for them to arrest to cut down on the flow of drugs into the community.
The story doesn’t end once a lab has been seized, however. Once methamphetamine has been produced inside a home it will leave a toxic residue that can cause severe short term and long term health effects, and it won’t go away. Ever. Meth residue will not noticeably dissipate over time and a simple coat of paint will not cover it up. Only a trained professional can fully decontaminate a house and make it safe to live in again.
If you’re interested in knowing whether your property or any nearby are former meth labs, the Indiana State Police have unveiled a website in which all busts after 2007 are marked on a map along with information about the bust. You can view the website here.
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