Illegal clandestine drug labs may pose a health threat to unsuspecting home buyers or renters. Typically, these labs have been used to manufacture methamphetamine, commonly referred to as meth, speed or crank. After an illegal meth lab is discovered by law enforcement officials, the bulk of lab-related materials, including chemicals and containers, is usually removed. However, small amounts of contaminants may have been left behind on floors, walls, counters, carpets, furniture, sinks, drains and ventilation systems. Meth lab contaminants may pose health threats to persons exposed to them.
Senate Bill 1122 gave the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare the authority and responsibility to develop and maintain a program that lists properties that were used as clandestine drug labs. The rules (IDAPA16.02.24 [PDF]) were approved by the Legislature and became effective on April 11, 2006. Properties reported as clandestine drug labs will be added to the Clandestine Drug Lab Property List.pdf.
Idaho Department of Health and Welfare (IDHW) has put together guidance to assist local agencies, property owners, contractors and the general public in addressing contamination at former meth labs (Guidelines for Cleaning up Former Methamphetamine Labs). For more information about Idaho's Clandestine Drug Lab Cleanup Program, please contact the Idaho Indoor Environment Program at 1-800-445-8647 or firstname.lastname@example.org.