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Meth cleanup a unique challenge

June 06, 2012
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ELKRIDGE, MD — While police say that methamphetamines (meth) have never been a big problem, their cleanup, if left for too long, can become everyone''s problem, according to WMAR-TV.

When a meth lab is found, the person responsible is carted away; the drug''s impact, however, can linger in the space, with fumes and chemicals potentially clinging to the walls and floors, the article stated.

"We do not, as law enforcement, go into these houses and tear up carpet or wallboard," said Lieutenant Mark Rodeheaver, formerly with a meth task force within Maryland State Police.

According to the article, since the cops don’t handle the cleanup, that task falls to others, with certain certified professional cleaning and remediation companies recommended by the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) and state agencies.

Authorities warn, however, that the U.S. government doesn''t have official standard for making sure former meth labs are made safe to live in, the article noted.

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