DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) – All too often, meth lab busts are reported on WDTN.com.
The latest is an investigation on Victoria Avenue in Fairborn that came after a report of a fire Thursday morning.
So, why should you care if a meth lab is in your neighborhood? We called experts to get you answers.
Unless you are the first to occupy it, it is possible your home or apartment was used as a meth lab and you could be breathing the residual chemicals even if it was cleaned.
“You can find everything you need at Walmart.” Brooke Ehlers is a chemist with the Miami Valley Regional Crime Lab in Dayton.
She says meth labs are easy to set up using common household products.
“Camp fuel, acetone, liquid plumber, red level dye.”
Easy to set up, tough to clean up. The products, when combined, are addictive and have staying power.
Household cleaning agents don’t do.
“These chemicals are imbedded in carpet and drywall can’t be detected by average person,” said Beth Ehlers, chemist.
Chemists and police are fully protected when they make the busts, yet even they are still at risk.
Companies that specifically target meth cleanup will charge between $15,000 and $20,000 or you can wait it out.
“You can depending on what cooking was and active would depend over time end result.”
Know that while you are living someplace and you start having symptoms of increased heart rate or respiratory problems, you might trace the symptoms to meth exposure.
You can, however, check the Drug Enforcement Administration web site, look up your state and county and check the address of a potential house or apartment.
If it had been a meth lab at any time, it would be listed on the site. That is, if it had been busted by police.