Meth Labs Contaminate the Environment

What problems do meth labs present to our environment? People who make methamphetamine in small labs across America use several toxic chemicals to produce the drug. When they are combined, they produce toxins that contaminate homes and the contents within them. For every pound of methamphetamine that’s made, 5 to 6 lbs of toxic waste are produced, which are often dumped down sinks, toilets, or on the ground outside of the lab. The hazardous wastes produced by meth labs affect everyone, one way or another.

What kinds of chemicals are used in the production of meth that are being dumped?

  • Starting fluid (either)
  • Paint Thinner
  • Freon
  • Acetone
  • Anhydrous ammonia
  • Red phosphorus
  • Iodine crystals
  • Brake cleaner (toluene)
  • Drain cleaner (sodium hydroxide)
  • Battery Acid (sulfuric acid)
  • Reactive Materials (sodium or lithium)
  • Cold tablets (containing pseudoephedrine)

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