Crystal Meth Cleanup

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The House voted to help clean up the toxic after-effects from the drug methamphetamine, so that old meth labs broken up by the police don't become health hazards for unsuspecting families.

On a voice vote, lawmakers agreed to launch research to identify the health dangers posed by makeshift meth labs in homes and apartments and issue guidelines to states for the proper disposal and cleanup of such sites.

The process of cooking chemicals to create meth leaves a toxic residue, and officials are increasingly worried that families who unwittingly move into shut-down labs are exposed to serious health

Governor Bob Riley and Attorney General Troy King have called the proliferation of meth labs statewide -- Alabama's number one drug problem

Congress is also scheduled to consider a more sweeping anti-meth
bill this week.