Homes that once housed meth labs place new occupants at risk

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Posted on September 27, 2011 at 12:27 AM

Updated Tuesday, Sep 27 at 12:41 AM

ST. LOUIS (KMOV) – Police say that unsuspecting renters living in apartments that once housed meth labs can suddenly become sick, and it’s happening to more and more renters and homeowners in the area.

State officials report that even breathing in the remnants of a meth lab can be enough to make you sick. Headaches, nausea, respiratory problems can all be side effects of meth exposure.

Sunday night, a Hazelwood hotel was evacuated when police discovered a meth lab inside of one of the rooms.

Hazmat crews cut out carpet, tore down drapes and removed the mattresses and anything else that the meth might seep into. They follow EPA guidelines, but those are just suggestions – not requirements.

Police say residents should be aware of potential meth risks because anytime a new tenant moves intoa new place without knowing the history of the property, there’s a risk of meth exposure especially because the residue can neither be seen nor smelled.

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