According to the Canadian Police Knowledge Network, “[meth] laboratories are a growing problem in Canada” which “pose a significant risk” to law enforcement and civilians.
Between 2017–2018, hospitalizations for harm caused by stimulants (including methamphetamine) amongst Canadians aged 10 and over were 11.2% (of all hospital stays for harms caused by substance use).
Furthermore, according to Alberta Health, meth has become increasingly linked with illegal fentanyl production. In Alberta alone, approximately 42% of all fentanyl deaths in 2017 had methamphetamine listed as a contributing factor, and the proportion of fentanyl poisonings involving meth was 2.6 times higher in 2017 (42%) compared to 2015 (16%).
A property with a functioning meth lab is an extremely toxic environment. It demands professional decontamination and testing by a trained and fully accredited industrial hygienist. Following this decontamination, a clearance certificate needs to be issued before legal occupancy can return.
- Many dangers are associated with meth lab contaminated properties. This is because of the “cooking” process, where the chemicals used to cook meth become airborne and absorb into walls, ceilings, flooring, furniture, clothing and even into the properties’ very structure structure. These chemicals then slowly off-gas and contaminate the property for years.
- If you are confronted with the obligation to clean and decontaminate a property with a meth lab then contact us and talk a fully trained & certified meth lab remediation technician.