LOGAN – With the weather improving, residents are cleaning their properties and along roadways, and Hocking County Sheriff Lanny North wants to make sure everyone is aware of a dangerous hazard.
Residents cleaning up litter should watch for potentially toxic debris discarded from illicit methamphetamine labs. Meth is a highly addictive stimulant which can be made using common household chemicals and equipment along with cold remedies containing ephedrine or pseudoephedrine (such as Sudafed or Actifed).
Small and mobile meth labs are becoming more common in the county, and may be found in toolboxes, coolers and storage containers. They may also be manufactured out of cars, trucks or RVs, labs can be discarded along the roads.
According to Sheriff North, potential meth lab waste includes empty bottles attached to a rubber hose, the smell of ammonia, coffee filters stained red or containing a white powder residue, garbage bags with cat litter, corroded propane tanks, numerous empty cold medicine and diet pill bottles or blister packs, and unused matches without striker plates.
Residents who come across materials to make the drug can be burned or have their lungs damaged from inhaling fumes. If you encounter any of the signs of a meth lab, leave the area immediately and call the Sheriff’s Office. Do not touch anything if you suspect it may be meth lab waste. The waste can be extremely dangerous and may even be booby- trapped.
Do not try to remove unknown or suspected toxic substances. Notify the Hocking County Sheriff’s Office of the location of these items immediately at 740-385-2131.
Meth lab waste is a very serious and dangerous substance and you should consider your safety if ever you encounter any unknown or suspicious substance.