Nichole Hannahs

Dangers of Mobile Meth

by Nichole Hannahs on May 8, 2014 at 7:08 am

Remnants of mobile meth labs can cause problems for county workers.

As workers get out on roadways this summer doing project a danger could be lurking. Leftover items used in the making of meth are sometimes dumped on the side of the road.

Items include two liter bottles, gas cans, batteries, rubber hoses and even pill containers. Contact with these items without proper precautions can be harmful to one’s health.

"Once it’s discarded it would still have remnants of meth and still could be something that could irritate the skin. This stuff causes a lot of breathing and lung issues when you ingest it or if you inhale it. So, you just want to be very careful," said Muskingum County Sheriff Matt Lutz.

Anyone seeing something suspicious shouldn’t touch the items and should contact the sheriff’s office. Already this year the sheriff’s office has busted five or six of these one pot cook labs.

"We just had a really large trash pile. What we call a trash pile meth lab off of Licking Road where people were going back to the same spot and throwing out unused meth components," explained Lutz.

Tuesday, Sheriff’s Detective Matt Wilhite spoke with county workers on what to look for when out working. Detective Wilhite is a member of the drug unit and trained in meth lab clean up.

Sheriff Lutz said any service groups wanting a lesson in the dangers of the mobile meth lab remnants can contact the sheriff’s office.