Methamphetamine manufacturing is, unfortunately, a common occurrence, and Fentanyl, a synthetic opioid often manufactured to look like Oxycodone, is fast becoming a more common hazard. In 2020, Fentanyl overtook Methamphetamine as the drug most involved in overdoses in Washington state.
Meth is made from common household items that are readily available at supermarkets and hardware stores. When these ingredients are mixed together or “cooked” to produce the drug, they generate a large amount of chemical waste. This waste is typically dumped down the drain but may be stored, buried, or dumped elsewhere on the property.
Contamination of residential homes with methamphetamine is an emerging issue of significant concern to public health. Cooking or smoking methamphetamine in a residential property contaminates the house, furnishings, and personal possessions within it, with subsequent exposure through ingestion, dermal absorption, and/or inhalation causing adverse health effects.
Surfaces in the residence may become contaminated with this waste and be corrosive. If not properly decontaminated, residual wastes can remain on surfaces for years. This is why meth labs are considered hazardous and should only be handled by hazardous waste professionals.
HVAC contractors are rated the highest users in the construction industry for Meth use! Testing new homes is the only way to show a home is not contaminated. So YES every home needs testing.
Own Business downtown Seattle? The homeless find all kinds of ways to use meth in their business bathrooms. Drug use seems like an open policy nowadays in Seattle. Drug use is way up in Washington. On any given day users can be seen on every street corner doing drugs.
An audit showed the drug is involved in 74% of overdose deaths for people experiencing homelessness.
Meth overdose deaths are increasing year after year.
King County reported 98 meth-involved deaths in 2016. That increased to 365 deaths in 2021.
For Meth Testing in Washington State call 425.608.9553