Chemical gasses and vapors can have significant, detrimental health impacts. Even short-term exposure to a Methamphetamine (Meth) Lab can lead to serious respiratory problems.
Phosphine, iodine, and hydrogen chloride are all noxious gasses that are by-products in the production of meth.
- Causes lung damage and suffocation.
- Is a gas, product of overheating.
- Present in “Death Bags.”
- Extremely flammable.
- Phosphine is always a gas at room temperature.
- Complete ventilation of a house over a period of several days will eliminate most residue.
- Primarily a hazard for first responders.
- Not considered to be a long-term hazard for occupants.
Hydrogen Chloride and Iodine
- Both are upper respiratory irritants.
- Hydrogen chloride comes off of the cooking process.
- Iodine generally leaves an irritating residue.
* National Jewish Hospital 2003 Study
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