Meth House: Disclosure No Longer Required
Until Jan. 2007, in Colorado, databases were maintained by several police and health entities on the web. These were available to the general public to check a property for a history of drug manufacturing. All government agencies are now prohibited from displaying this information. The US drug manufacturing database maintained by the DEA is not affected.
What began as an attempt to protect Colorado home buyers and renters from meth lab chemicals resulted in amendments to the state meth laboratory disclosure law that actually removes public databases and allows real estate sellers to not disclose.
Senate Bill 06-002
These databases have never been considered all-inclusive. Reporting has been sloppy and voluntary, but they provided some information. You can still gain access to this information, under the Freedom of Information Act, if you know the precise person to ask for the precise information.
The readily available databases served renters more than buyers and sellers. Sellers are still required to disclose the presence of a meth lab on a property. Buyers are apparently offered this protection at the exclusion of renters. Sellers can be sued for three years after closing for many, but not all, of the damages incurred from the lack of disclosure. There are exceptions to this protection.
If a seller has proper documentation of remediation of a property to state standards, they need not disclose. More significant is that the legal description of a meth lab has been left undefined, leaving a giant hole to maneuver through. Huge amounts of toxic, carcinogenic chemicals used for meth manufacture may have been spilled everywhere , but if the seller can argue that the finished meth was actually manufactured somewhere else, they are exempt from disclosure.
The laws that were designed to protect the public from meth now do the opposite. Health problems associated with environmental pollutants associated with meth and its manufacture are well-known. Arrogant denial has replaced legislation as the key strategy for protecting the public.
The database of Denver Metro area meth houses will remain on my site, however there are no longer resources for updating.
*Discussion by Caoimhin Connell, IH about this bill
Addresses of Meth Labs in Denver AreaMeth is often blamed for health problems with no reason except there is no mold in the house so it must be meth. Meth is a terrible environmental hazard. Firefighters and law enforcement personnel wear complete hazmat suits when they are exposed to meth labs for a reason. Making meth can produce many dangerous chemicals during production. Even smoking meth can contaminate a room and everything in it. People and pets can be effected by the residue from meth and the chemicals made to make it.
When I receive calls from people who think they have just moved into their second, third or fourth meth lab in a row I feel skeptical. At times media coverage makes it seem like this could easily happen, but statistically the chances of moving into one meth house are slim.
When I receive calls from people who say they and their children have been unable to sleep, have no appetite and always feel jumpy I take it seriously. While I have never encountered a meth house that I know of, people do end up living in places left polluted by meth smokers and manufacturers.
If you suspect you live in a meth house it may make more sense to test all occupants hair, or urine for drug residue first than to test the property for drug or chemical residue. Urine tests are easy to use, inexpensive and available at your local drug store.
I had a call a few years ago from a lady who claimed that she had lost her children after they tested positive for meth. She claimed that they tested positive and she did not because they played in the garage where their father smoked meth and she never went into the garage.
At the time I thought she was lying, but as I learned more about meth contamination I began to wonder if she wasn’t telling the truth. When meth is smoked it coats everything it touches and is very hard to remove. A recent TV network news investigation showed that a headboard, in a hotel in Denver, tested positive for meth 3 years after a meth lab was busted there.
Another TV news report quotes about meth labs: “You have a fire hazard. You have a poisonous hazard, a caustic hazard, explosion hazard. There is just an untold number of hazards in one of these sites.”
People who find themselves living in places where meth has been made or smoked report the same symptoms as users. Children seem especially vulnerable reporting hyperactivity, inability to sleep, irritability and other physical and emotional problems. Adults also feel the effects. You can test yourself, or your children for meth that has been ingested from contact with contaminated surfaces. Saliva tests are accurate, easy to use, private and take only 5 minutes.
There is no doubt that meth residue in very small quantities is capable of effecting people and probably pets. Smoking and manufacturing meth destroys property in an insidious way, fouling it and leaving it poisonous to future occupants. It is reported that only one in ten meth labs are busted, but one estimate is that only one in ten thousand homes in Colorado are effected.
That doesn’t count homes where meth is smoked. The chances of finding yourself in a meth house are low, but it does happen. A recent Denver TV news investigation revealed people unknowingly living in former meth houses that are publicly listed by various law enforcement and health departments. A list of Denver metro addresses for known meth houses can be found here .
You can check any address for environmental hazards for free at: Prudentialproperties.com
This site will give you a quick heads-up to environmental hazards in the neighborhood. This includes meth houses if they have been listed on the National Clandestine Drug Lag Registry. Most meth houses are not on the list. Be sure to check with the local police, sheriff, health and fire departments.
Expanded residential environmental reports can be purchased from EDR for $60. You can purchase the exact same report at a discount price of $25 from Inspection Perfection Inc
There is a National Clandestine Laboratory Register. Please check with local police, fire department and sheriffs departments, but be advised that there is no legal obligation for law enforcement in Colorado to report drug labs to any data base. In some cases, especially in rural jurisdictions, record keeping has been poor and the location of some meth labs that have been raided are not currently known.
This list is maintained by a private industrial hygienist for Colorado – CO Meth Lab Addresses
The meth test kits sold on this site come with collection papers that are used to take samples for possible contamination from smoking, or making methamphetamine or amphetamine. It will also test positive if ecstasy residue is found.
- Take multiple sampling swipes on each paper unless you are looking for exact places where meth contamination may occur. For most uses determining that meth reside is present is sufficient. If you are looking for specifics on pollution from meth that may exist it is time to hire a professional.
- Sample places where smoke may have touched. Some experts say smoking meth once in a room can leave enough residue on the walls to be detectable.
- Rub collection papers from the meth residue test kits on suspect surfaces firmly in a circular pattern.
- Sample walls and ceilings in places where smoking meth, or manufacturing meth, is believed to have taken place. Don’t bother with places you think meth would not have been smoke or made. Meth residue may bleed through primer and paint, but if walls and ceilings have been painted, there are other places to take samples.
- Meth contamination from smoking or manufacture can be drawn all through the HVAC system. Meth smoke, or vapors, are drawn t through fresh air return ducts and into the furnace/AC and recirculated through the house with warmed or cooled air. Meth contaminants may be found throughout the ducts, at each fresh air and conditioned air vent, and inside the HVAC air handler. Take a sample from the air filter as well as other parts of the HVAC system.
- Take samples at vents in bathrooms, kitchen and laundry. These are sometimes used to vent meth smoke or the fumes from making it.
- Swipe ceiling fan blades.
- Sample windows and frames.
- Take samples from places people would have touched after handling meth and unidentified stains:
- Stains on counters and around drains.
- Light switches and cover plates.
- Break both glass vials inside the dropper pen. Shake until they are completely mixed. False negative test can result if the chemicals are not mixed.
- Drip chemical onto the samples on the collection papers.
- Blue or Purple color indicates a positive test.
- Anything else is an inconclusive test.
- Discard test immediately. Any further color changes, or other changes, or other changes are meaningless.