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Methamphetamin (Meth) is considered the fastest growing illicit drug in America.
Methamphetamine (meth), a powerfully addictive stimulant, can be easily produced in illicit, makeshift laboratories and generally is considered the fastest-growing illicit drug in the United States (1). Aside from the inherent physical and physiological dangers of the drug itself, persons in and around meth laboratories can be acutely exposed to hazardous substances used in meth production. Exposure to these substances can occur from volatile air emissions, spills, fires, and explosions. This report describes examples of meth-associated events, summarizes the events reported to the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR), and suggests injury prevention recommendations, such as how to recognize and properly respond to meth laboratories.
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- Drug Enforcement Administration. Fast facts about meth
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- Drug trafficking in the United States
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and midwestern United States. Methamphetamine is also increasingly available in portions of the South, especially Georgia and Florida
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Drug Enforcement Administration. Methamphetamine laboratory identification and hazards fast facts.