What are the dangers of meth labs?
Exposures to high levels of contaminants found in meth labs can cause shortness of breath, cough, chest pain, dizziness, lack of coordination, chemical irritation, and burns to the eyes, skin, mouth, nose, and in severe cases, death. Symptoms such as headache, nausea, dizziness, and fatigue have occurred in people who entered a meth lab after a bust was completed, but before the property was properly decontaminated. Contact your health care provider if you experience any of these symptoms.
Not much is known about the long-term effects from these labs. Long-term exposure to meth labs is a big concern, especially for children living in a very contaminated environment. There is scientific evidence from animal and human toxicity studies that shows the chemicals used in the manufacture of meth can cause a range of health effects. These include cancer, damage to the brain, liver, and kidneys, birth defects, and reproductive problems, such as miscarriages.