According to the 2017 National Drug Threat Survey, 31.8% of responding agencies reported that meth was the greatest drug threat in their areas. The same survey reported that it was the greatest drug threat in the American Southwest, but it also dominates the Central West, Pacific, and Southeast.
Over the past 10 years, the drug landscape in the United States has shifted, with the opioid threat (controlled prescription drugs, synthetic opioids, and heroin) reaching epidemic levels, impacting significant portions of the United States. While the current opioid crisis has deservedly garnered significant attention, the methamphetamine threat has remained prevalent; the cocaine threat appears to be rebounding; new psychoactive substances (NPS) continue to be a challenge; and the focus of marijuana enforcement efforts continues to evolve.
Meth lab response generally consists of two specific meth lab cleanup protocols; removal (1st Response) and remediation (2nd Response). Removal occurs when a meth lab is identified and seized by the DEA, state police or local law enforcement and bulk chemicals, containers, equipment and wastes used in the meth"cooking" process are inventoried, removed and lab-packed (characterized and packaged securely) by specially-trained police or fire department officers. The state police coordinate the ultimate characterization and disposal of the waste materials in accordance with state and federal hazardous waste management regulations.
Decontamination (remediation) occurs when a certified clandestine drug lab decontamination contractor removes the remaining household debris and cleans all surfaces using detergents and industrial equipment. For many years it was thought that a meth lab property could not be decontaminated; which usually led to its destruction. In many areas of the county this is still the common practice. Now, because of science and technology, many of these properties can be saved for much less than the price of replacement.
Meth Lab Cleanup Company has been successfully decontaminating clandestine drug labs for over 15 years; nationwide.