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Methamphetamine usage is at an all time high. We see it on TV and we hear it in the news almost daily. Below is a comprehensive look at where meth is most prevalent in the United States, why it's so dangerous, what you should do if you think you've found a Meth lab and more.


America's Meth Belt

Since 2008 the 6 states with the highest meth lab incidents are Missouri, Tennessee, Indiana, followed by Kentucky in fourth highest place, with Illinois and Ohio rounding out the "meth belt"

Illinois 801

Indiana 1429

Ohio 634

Missouri 1825

Tennessee 1585

Kentucky 919

Dopamine Stats

Dopamine works for “Dr. Feelgood.” It plays a major role in reward-motivated behavior. Meth acts as an amplifier for dopamine - as the reward feels bigger the behavior becomes harder to resist. Normal dopamine levels are 70-350mcg. Here’s a comparison of the levels for familiar addictions:

150 A favorite food releases a level of 150 225 Nicotine releases dopamine levels measured around 225 1050 Meth releases dopamine levels in the brain of roughly 1,050.

Symptoms of
Meth Exposure

Starter fluid
Radiator fluid
Drain cleaner
White gasoline
Phenyl-2-Propanone (Intermediate of pesticides)
Battery acid

What's in Meth?

There are as many as 30 ingredients used in making meth. A majority of these are the kinds of things you use to maintain your car, kill pests, and clean your house. Aluminum nitrate, which has dangerous explosive qualities, is the reason for so many meth lab explosions.

Meth Lab Indicators

There’s no standard for the type of location where cookers might set up their labs. Familiarize yourself with the signs of a possible meth lab site just to stay informed and prepared.
REMEMBER: Never knowingly enter a lab. It’s dangerous to your health in many ways. If you find yourself in one, don’t touch anything and leave immediately. In any case, if you think you have identified a possible lab location, notify law enforcement immediately.

Unusual or strong odors
Unusual ventilation techniques
A large buildup of trash including coffee filters, lithium batteries (especially if they’re torn apart), plastic bottles, plastic or rubber hoses
Strange, secretive/paranoid behavior of inhabitants

Meth Cleanup

Clean-up costs for clandestine labs (meth labs) in the US have risen steadily from 1995 ($2 million) to 2002 ($23.8 million). This is difficult, dangerous work undertaken by professionals all across the country. For people who do this, Spring cleaning is amateur hour! Click on the points below to see some details about the cleaning process.

Structure Contents and Furnishings


Exceptions: In a Tier 1 decontamination response the mattress may be steam cleaned.


Exceptions: In a Tier 1 decontamination response the carpet may be steam cleaned.

Infants’ and Small Children’s Clothes, Toys, Furniture and Personal Items

Infants’ and Small Children’s Clothes, Toys, Furniture and Personal Items

Exceptions: Metal or other hard medical devices such as glasses or orthopedic devices that can be cleaned may be exempted in consultation with the contractor regarding decontamination options.

Other Fabric Goods

Fabric Goods: Washable

Exceptions: In a Tier 1 decontamination response, adult clothing and small washable fabric items such as curtains, rugs and linens can be machine-washed twice with hot water and detergent. After washing contaminated items, the washer shall be run once empty of clothing.

Fabric Goods: Non-Washable, Such as Woolens, Rubber-Backed Draperies

Kitchen Goods

Dishes, Flatware, Other Hard Items, Including Glazed Ceramics, Metals and Glass

Exceptions: In a Tier 1 decontamination response, hard (non-porous) household items such as glazed ceramics, metals and glass may be twice-washed rinsed using detergent and hot water. Any item that shows evidence of use for meth cooking (e.g. acid etching, chemical staining) must be discarded.

Small Wooden, All Plastic Kitchen and Household Items

Books and Household Paper Items

Books and Household Paper Items

Exceptions: Important legal papers, historical items or personal photographs may be exempted in consultation with the certified contractor.

Appliances, Tools, and Electronics

Appliances, Tools, and Electronics

Exceptions: If the property owner in consultation with the certified contractor agrees, high-value, low-contact appliances, tools and electronics can be washed twice with a hot detergent solution and clean rinse water, or cleaned by alcohol wiping with adequate ventilation. Stained items shall be discarded.



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