Realtors, Appraisers, Inspectors Beware… The Dangers Of Meth Labs

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There’s an epidemic sweeping Ontario which represents health, safety and liability risks to Realtors, appraisers and anyone else entering homes contaminated with chemicals used to grow or manufacture illegal drugs.

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Pesticides and fertilizers notwithstanding, some of the primary risks associated with marijuana “grow houses” have been mould and wood-destroying organisms resulting from the greenhouse conditions existing in these homes. The grow house has been viewed primarily as a business or legal risk for the real estate community iqos heets dubai.

However, as the illegal production of crystal methamphetamine (meth) grows in Ontario, more of the real estate community could be placing their lives at risk trying to assess or inspect homes containing potentially explosive drug labs. According to the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) even the leftovers of a household “meth lab” may represent a huge danger, given the variety of chemicals which could explode at any moment.

Anyone unfamiliar with a crystal meth lab could be putting
their life at risk if they don’t know what they’re walking into.

Methamphetamine is made mostly from common household ingredients. When these ingredients are mixed and cooked together, they make a dangerous drug and potentially harmful chemical residues can remain on household surfaces for months or years after cooking has been completed. There may be serious health effects associated with these chemical exposures before, during and after the drug-making process.

Crystal meth, a highly addictive and potentially lethal drug, is a relatively new problem for the OPP. More prevalent in western Canada, crystal meth has been familiar to police in Ontario for only about four years, and the chemical processes are quite different from what’s present at a more common marijuana grow-op.

Five years ago, meth labs were unknown in Ontario. Now they are a common occurrence, especially in Perth County and other parts of south-western Ontario. It seems to be moving east, and it’s a growing trend.

Crystal meth is made by “cooking” pseudo ephedrine with a variety of chemicals which are readily found at hardware stores, such as red phosphorous, iodine, ammonia, paint thinner and lithium from batteries.

There have been no known incidents of injuries caused in Ontario by exposure to crystal meth labs, but police officers south of the border have suffered serious injuries dealing with substances such as propane, starter fluid and drain cleaner which are used in the drug manufacturing process.

Weapons are very common in meth labs. People who use meth are very paranoid about everything. They are worried that they will be caught by the police and will use any means to not get caught.

As production expands to other parts of the province, anyone unfamiliar with a crystal meth lab could be putting their life at risk if they don’t know what they’re walking into.

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