The Idaho Clandestine Drug (Meth) Lab Cleanup Program 4/12/2010
What is a Clandestine Drug Lab?
A clandestine drug lab is any location where illegal drugs are produced. Typically, these labs have been used to manufacture methamphetamine, commonly referred to as meth. Methamphetamine clandestine drug laboratories can be located in motels; in rural areas away from the general public; and in residential areas, including houses, apartments and garages. Mobile labs have also been found in vehicles and discarded along roadsides or parking lots.
Meth labs often have an unusually sweet or strong odor such as ether, ammonia or auto parts cleaner. The windows of buildings are often covered, blacked out or frosted. Sporadic traffic throughout the day and night and trash containing large amounts of empty anti-freeze containers, camping fuel cans, battery parts, stained coffee filters, drain cleaners and glassware are common signs of meth labs.
Illegal clandestine drug labs may pose a health threat to unsuspecting home buyers or renters. After an illegal meth lab is discovered by law enforcement officials, the bulk of lab-related materials, including chemicals and containers, are usually removed. However, it is still possible that small amounts of contaminants may have been left behind on floors, walls, counters, carpets, furniture, sinks, drains and ventilation systems. Though usually found in small amounts, meth lab contaminants may pose health threats to anyone exposed to them.
What is the Idaho Clandestine Drug (Meth) Lab Cleanup Program?
As of 2006, there is no official federal guidance or regulation on how to clean up a former meth lab. Idaho Legislators realized the danger meth labs pose and passed a law (Senate Bill 1122) that gave the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare the authority and responsibility to develop and maintain a program that lists properties that were used as clandestine drug labs. The rules (IDAPA16.02.24) were approved by the Idaho Legislature and became effective on April 11, 2006.
How can I learn more about the Idaho Clandestine Drug (Meth) Lab Cleanup Program?
For more information about Idaho's Clandestine Drug Lab Cleanup Program:
By phone, call the Idaho Indoor Environment Program at 1-800-445-8647