Methamphetamine manufacturing is, unfortunately, a common occurrence, and Fentanyl, a synthetic opioid often manufactured to look like Oxycodone, is fast becoming a more common hazard. In 2020, Fentanyl overtook Methamphetamine as the drug most involved in overdoses in Washington state. Common use of Fentanyl involves crushed up pills which are then snorted or smoked. Its extreme potency makes it a deadly hazard, as 2 milligrams of Fentanyl, a tiny amount, is enough to be fatal, so testing for the presence of this drug is vital to the safety of anyone working or living in a site where the drug may have been manufactured or used.
Stolen vehicles which have been recovered should always be tested for Meth and Fentanyl, before the owner reclaims the vehicle (accidental exposure can be fatal to children as well as adults) and before any other work is done to the vehicle, so repair teams are not exposed to potentially deadly hazards. It’s incredibly common for stolen vehicles to test positive for the presence of these drugs. Bio Management Northwest will come to your site to test, and results are quickly provided to you.
Clandestine Drug Labs are sites where illegal synthetic drugs, particularly methamphetamine and fentanyl, are secretly manufactured using improvised materials and methods. Methamphetamine manufacturing sites, also known as “meth labs,” can be found in numerous situations, such as when you purchase a new home or rent to tenant who starts a lab. Contamination from the chemicals used to make the meth can carry a high risk of causing illness (sometimes even neurological damage). These circumstances require a comprehensive cleanup service to avoid remediation costs.
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Meth, a noxious mix of household chemicals and over-the-counter medicines — leaves vapors and residue on everything it touches: fabrics, carpet, paneling and drywall. Fentanyl is a deadly synthetic opioid that has been found in substances such as heroin, methamphetamine, ecstasy, molly, and other recreational drugs. Clandestine Drug Labs should always be tested for Fentanyl as well as Methamphetamines. Exposure to as little as 2 mg can be fatal.
Signs of a Former Meth Lab
- Red or yellow stains on carpets, floors, and counters
- Iodine stains found on walls
- Windows that have been blocked out
- Burns on surfaces
- Empty cylinders
- Empty jars
- Corroded canisters
- Ephedrine blister packs
- Rock salt
- Hydrochloric acid or ammonia
- Hydrogen peroxide
- Coffee filters containing a reddish stain
- The strong smell of cat urine, vinegar or ammonia
Signs of Fentanyl
- Powder/particulate which is white, pink, purple, blue, or green
- Fentanyl can be commonly found in pill form made to look like Oxycodone 30
- odorless liquid or gel
- Containers altered from their original use, i.e., blender or stand mixer used to combine fentanyl with other drugs like heroin, or inert substances to increase the amount of product.
- Pill pressing machines often used to create faux prescription opioids.
It is recommended that you have a full inspection done before making an offer on a home, or turning a rental property. This inspection should specifically test for meth, fentanyl, and other chemical contamination. The technicians at Bio Management Northwest are qualified to clear homes and perform inspections for contamination by meth, fentanyl, and other chemicals.