Agencies Report Increase in Meth Lab Injuries, Meth Use in U.S.

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According to a recent report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), injuries stemming from accidents in methamphetamine laboratories are increasing in the U.S. Injuries caused by methamphetamine-related accidents can include chemical burns, respiratory issues, eye and skin irritations and even death.

Methamphetamine is a man-made, illegal drug that is forged from a combination of chemicals. The drug is created from ephedrine and pseudoephedrine found in common over-the-counter cold, flu and allergy medicines. Methamphetamine is made, or “cooked,” in home laboratories that can cause extreme health risks and environmental dangers. Use of this deadly drug can result in symptoms such as aggressiveness, paranoia, hallucinations, compulsive behaviors, heart problems and decaying of the skin and teeth.

The CDC report analyzed data from five states and found that manufacturing of methamphetamine decreased during a short period in the previous decade, as strict regulations limited laboratory production. However, in recent years, makers have found ways to circumvent restrictions and generate more of the drug. This has led to a significant increase in methamphetamine use across the U.S. The National Institute on Drug Abuse reported that between 2010 and 2013, the number of methamphetamine users increased by over 200,000 people.

According to the CDC report, there were 1,325 meth-related chemical accidents in total throughout New York, Louisiana, Oregon, Utah and Wisconsin between 2001 and 2012. Those hurt in laboratory accidents include adults, children and local police officers.

Such increased rates of injury can signal to government and law enforcement officials that supply and demand of methamphetamine remains on the rise. If you would like to know more about how methamphetamine addiction may impact your place of work, or would like information on drug testing services, please contact Partners In Safety today.

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