Have you ever been exposed to methamphetamine? If you do not use the drug, you probably think you're in the clear. But you might be wrong. Meth labs are not just confined to houses anymore.
"I lost everything because of it. I lost my daughter. I lost my home. I lost my vehicle." "It took everything." "It destroys lives. It destroys your character. It destroys your soul."
Meth nearly destroyed the lives of these three women. It's a dangerous drug, but you don't have to be a user to be affected by it.
"Probably people have gotten into meth labs and haven't really known it."
It's a scary trend. Meth labs are popping up in motel rooms across the country.
"Deputies spent six hours surrounding a hotel where they thought a meth lab suspect was holed up inside this morning." "The fumes were so strong, the first deputy on the scene collapsed as he approached the room."
Residues from a cook can linger for years.
"During the process of manufacture, it becomes aerosolized into the air and really coats all surfaces of the room."
Exposure can cause skin and eye irritation, asthma, and nausea -- symptoms that can be easily written off as something else.
"Methamphetamine is rapidly absorbed throughout the skin as well as ingested in and inhaled."
One of the biggest concerns: kids.
"These little toddlers that are close to the ground end up with really, really heavy exposures, and at the same time, they have less body mass, and so every little bit affects them more than it does you."
Experts say if your motel room neighbor is making too much noise in the middle of the night, be wary about knocking on their door. Weapons are almost always found during meth lab busts -- a word of warning for your next trip!
The cost of testing and decontaminating a single hotel room can run anywhere from $2,000 - $20,000.
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