In January 2005, a rare form of cancer claimed Salt Lake County sheriff’s deputy Jade Pusey.
The co-workers of those who have lost their lives or gotten sick from working on one of Utah’s drug force squads are also concerned about the risks. They have implemented a program to detox police, detectives, and other law enforcement officials who frequent meth labs in the line of duty. The program involves a vitamin cocktail followed by sitting in a sauna for several hours at a time and it is based on a treatment method that was used for Ground Zero workers. The theory is that the combination of the cocktail and prolonged exposure to heat will cause the toxins to sweat out from the body. Skeptics say it doesn’t work, but many who have participated in the program say they have gotten positive health benefits from it.
“I can actually say I have not had a single muscle spasm and no headaches (since completing the treatment),” he said. “I can actually sleep at night. I’m feeling good about myself.” – Lt. Al Acosta, narcotics officer for 13 years in Utah.
Who’s paying for the detox program? The Utah Labor Commission designated half a million dollars for the study of whether cancer and other diseases are the result of working conditions faced by public safety employees. If the study shows that employees are becoming sick because of chemicals encountered in their line of work, those employees would be eligible for worker’s compensation benefits. They are specifically focusing on whether being exposed to meth labs can be linked to illness and death in meth lab drug officers. Fox News reported that the project has treated 800 officers so far, using a regime devised by Scientology founder L. Ron Hubbard at a Bio-Cleansing Centers of America facility in Orem, Utah.
How many innocent homeowners of former meth lab homes will get sick and/or die quietly of cancer or other illnesses? Who will test them for toxic chemicals in their bodies? Who will offer them a detox program?
“‘You don’t see any old meth cooks’ because they’re all dead.” – excerpt from the Fox News article