Meth Hazards Found in Unlikely Places, Even a Casino Hotel Room
Last month, Fox News published a report about the arrest of a woman in Shreveport, Louisiana. The arrest occurred after a smoke alarm on the 14th floor of a casino hotel alerted authorities. Upon their arrival, police found several active methamphetamine laboratories in a hotel room.
Although finding a clandestine drug laboratory in a hotel room may come as a surprise to many people, authorities have found them in everything from cars, boats, RVs and apartments to rental homes and even large estates.
A number of dangerous chemicals are used in the production of meth. They may include flammable and volatile solvents such as methanol, ether, benzene, methylene chloride and trichloroethane. Other chemicals may include muriatic acid, sodium hydroxide, table salt and ammonia.
“Dangerous chemical residues can linger for long periods of time in any building that housed a clandestine laboratory,” said Joe Frasca, Senior Vice President of Marketing at EMSL Analytical, Inc. “The chemicals can be a threat to not only people working these illegal laboratories, but also to people nearby and future occupants of the building. The leftover chemicals are also often illegally dumped after production causing harm to the environment and creating hazardous waste on people’s property.”
EMSL Analytical, Inc. provides testing services to help identify contaminants in properties that were formerly used as meth laboratories. To help in the sample collection process, EMSL recently began offering a Methamphetamine-Clandestine Drug Residue Test Kit that is available for free to environmental and inspection professionals. EMSL has also produced an instructional video explaining how to take residue samples to identify these types of contaminants. The video can be seen at: www.youtube.com/watch?v=ADQbHagMJ10.
About EMSL Analytical, Inc.
EMSL Analytical is a nationally recognized and locally focused provider of environmental and materials testing services and products to professionals and the general public. The company has an extensive list of accreditations from leading organizations as well as state and federal regulating bodies.
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- Senior Vice President of Marketing
- EMSL Analytical, Inc.
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