The Risks of Meth Lab Residue in a Home

Published 04/11 2013 06:24PM

Updated 04/11 2013 10:48PM

JOPLIN, MO-- House hunters could potentially face risks to their health if they choose a home once used as a meth lab. But there's no law requiring that past issues are disclosed.

"That could be headache, sinus problems, minor respiratory issues with cough, congestion. And then the more far reaching concern with prolonged exposure is that this may pose a risk of cancer to the patients that are exposed for long periods of time to high enough levels." And Dr. Kyle Kennedy - Medical Director of Freeman Emergency Services - says the danger is even greater for children. "Because of their metabolism, they absorb things more than adults will. But what makes them even higher risk is they have more exposure because the increase hand to mouth."

And Dr. Kennedy adds that it could be tough for a prospective buyer to tell if the home has a history with meth. "If it's a home where meth has been produced and there's trace residue left or they're not actively cooking meth or not actively producing it and have the chemicals in the home, there may not be an associated odor or any of the other tell tale clues that law enforcement looks for."

Dr. Kennedy says you can check to see if a house is contaminated. "There are kits you can get, they're relatively inexpensive, I think they run $50 online, and can test for illicit substances in the home."

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