A renter, sickened by fumes from a neighboring apartment, raises some important questions about methamphetamine addiction and meth labs.
“I live in a tiny, one bedroom apartment. I know, for a fact that my next door neighbor gets high on “something”, but not sure what. He’s always acting paranoid, and jumping around, and really nervous all the time. He keeps is apartment dark, and the windows covered up all the time. He’s always spying out the window at me, when I’m coming and going to work, and he steps out his front door to put his ear to my door, to listen in on my conversations with my company, or phone calls. He doesn’t work, but his wife does. About once a month or sometimes every couple of weeks, I smell something HORRIBLE coming from his apartment. Whatever it is, comes through the vents into my apartment, and I start gagging from the smell. I even get nose bleeds when the smell comes through the vents. I know he smokes cigarettes, but this is much worse than that. But I haven’t said anything, or done anything, because I just simply didn’t know for sure what it was…..but I’m becoming convinced that it must be Meth. Whatever it is…they’re trying to “mask” the odor with a lot of cigarettes or cigar smoke…..I think. The only way I can describe this smell is….burning cat litter and tons of cigarettes….CHEAP, NASTY CIGARETTES. So…I’m just not too sure. Please help. Thanks.”
What concerns me the most about your situation is the fact that you’re getting nosebleeds because of the fumes coming from your neighbor’s apartment! If I were you, I’d be talking to my doctor about that, asap! I would also move out of there, as soon as possible! The less exposure you have to whatever it is that’s causing your health problems, the better off your health will be!
I don’t know if your neighbor is a meth or other drug user or what kind of fumes are coming in to your apartment, however much of what you’ve described certainly fits the profile of someone addicted to meth. Paranoid behavior and nervous energy are common behavior signs of meth addiction. Continued use of methamphetamine plays tricks on the mind, causing users to believe that everyone is a cop or they’re working with the cops or they’re going to report them to the cops. They may also exhibit other signs of paranoid behavior, such as worrying that others are trying to steal from them. Never confront someone that you suspect of being a meth addict. They can be very unpredictable and can become violent, if they feel threatened. On the other hand, someone who is mentally ill can also exhibit paranoid behavior. Keeping windows covered to keep prying eyes from seeing them or what’s inside their home is another common behavior among meth users, meth cooks, or others with mental illnesses involving paranoid thinking. So, whether they’re a meth addict or just mentally ill, remaining calm around them is wise. Don’t move quickly around them and keep your voice low and calm if you speak to them. You don’t want to ramp up their already heightened fears. Doing that will only put them on the defensive and that will create a dangerous situation for you.
Regarding the smell you’ve described, I’ve never heard of a meth lab smelling like “nasty cigarettes” or the smell of cigars or burning cat litter, however I suppose it’s possible. What I suspect is that your neighbor is smoking meth in the apartment. Some have described the smell of meth smoke as a sweet smell mixed with a small of cigarettes. Others have described it as having a mild smell of cat urine. Still others describe it as a sweet smell combined with the smell of burning plastic. I guess the way meth-smoke smells would depend on how it was manufactured (different methods use different ingredients) and the person who’s describing the smell.
Besides going to see your doctor, I would also be speaking to the police about it. Obviously, you can’t do that from your house, because of your neighbor’s eavesdropping on your conversations, but I would either call them from someone else’s house or go to the police station or Sheriff’s office to tell them what’s been going on.
Hope this info, helps! Stay safe and good luck!