This site began as a result of my son buying a foreclosed home in eastern Tennessee in 2004, only to find out later that it had been used as a methlab. If it weren’t for his new neighbors telling him about the history of his “dream home” in the country, he and his young family would have continued to live in a home that was considered a hazardous waste site. Living in Rhode Island, when he purchased a foreclosed home in TN, the thought never crossed his mind that it might have been used to make methamphetamine. Meth labs are rare in Rhode Island. In fact, meth labs are still pretty rare all across New England.
Having been raised in Massachusetts, where we have so many consumer laws to protect us, it was shocking for all of us to learn that no one could be held liable for selling him a meth lab home that was still contaminated with deadly toxins. Without laws in place to protect him as a home buyer, lawyers told him that he was on his own to deal with the financial burdens of decontaminating the home. He and his family were also on their own to deal with the health effects of living in a toxic home too.
As his mother and grandmother to his two beautiful little boys, I was naturally very concerned about what would happen to them. After researching meth labs on line to find someone to help them, I discovered that what the lawyers had told my son was true. My son and his family were innocent victims and no one had to do anything about it. I can’t put in to “nice words” how I felt about that. I had to do something about it. I began this blog to share their story, first as a way to find someone to help my son and his family, second as a way to teach others how not to end up in their situation, and third as a way to get the federal government and state governments to enact legislation and funding to help those faced with the financial burden and health consequences of owning or renting property contaminated by meth.
What I have learned from my son’s experience is that it is the experience of far too many people all across the United States. States are taking some steps to help protect homeowners, but they still have a long way to go to protect innocent individuals and their families from bearing the financial and health burdens placed on them by meth cooks.
Currently, federal and state money is being appropriated to help first responders and drug enforcement agents continue to fight the war on meth and meth labs. I don’t have a problem with that. I also don’t have a problem with the government funding drug addiction programs designed to help meth addicts kick their addiction to meth. What I do have a problem with is that the federal and state governments seemed to have forgotten that innocent civilians, who have become casualties of the war that’s raging against meth labs, need help too.
This blog is my effort to protect innocent people from becoming casualties of the war on meth. It is also my effort to help those who, like my son, have found themselves in the position of owning or living in a home contaminated by meth. Until adequate laws are in place to protect innocent families, Americans will need to protect themselves from the devastating consequences of owning, renting, or living in places contaminated by meth. Knowledge is power. Please read my postings and learn from them so you can better protect yourself and your family.
Please don’t hesitate to email me if you have any questions, suggestions, concerns, stories, or comments. You can email me at methlabhomes (@) gmail. com. Stay safe and healthy! God bless America and you too!