Methamphetamine (also called meth, crystal, chalk, and ice, among other terms) is an extremely addictive stimulant drug that is chemically similar to amphetamine. It takes the form of a white, odorless, bitter-tasting crystalline powder.
Methamphetamine contamination of the environment occurs when methamphetamine is use, distributed or manufactured. Methamphetamine production involves a number of very hazardous chemicals. Toxicity from these chemicals can remain in the environment around a methamphetamine production lab long after the lab has been shut down, causing a wide range of health problems for people living in the area.
This site provides some answers and resources for those seeking additional information regarding public health concerns resulting from methamphetamine use. This site particularly focuses on the impacts of methamphetamine contamination and the contamination resulting from methamphetamine production found in the environment, properties and homes. The information provided on this website does not supersede applicable state or local regulations.
Relevant state laws and rules are:
The Environmental Epidemiology Program's Role:
- The EEP administers the Utah Administrative Rule R392-600 (Illegal Drug Operations Decontamination Standards) as authorized by Utah State Code 19-6-9 (Illegal Drug Operations Site Reporting and Decontamination Act). In this role, the EEP periodically reviews the rule. When necessary, to keep up with the latest technologies or public health practices, EEP makes changes to the rule. The EEP also periodically reviews the science that supports the standards set by the rule.
- Because EEP has staff with expertise in toxicology, epidemiology and environmental sciences, we answer questions and provide consultation. Contact us at (801) 538-6191 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- The EEP does not have staff that are authorized, trained or equipped to do inspections, investigate possible contamination, or provide decontamination services. The EEP does not fund or reimburse the costs of decontamination. We recommend that you work with your local health department or with a Utah Certified Decontamination Specialist for assistance.