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Is a "Meth" Lab Coming to Your School?

Tim McClure

It’s inevitable that someday, somewhere, a meth lab will be found in a school. Sooner or later some enterprising chemistry student will put his book learning to practical use.

What’s to stop him? The manufacturing process involves little more than following a cake recipe and the ingredients needed to make the drug can be bought at the local hardware store, so meth labs may be located virtually anywhere.

Bathrooms and kitchens of a home are good places for cooking meth because they have ventilation systems to siphon off the chemical odors produced by the process. High school labs have ventilation systems too and, while meth cookers use Ball jars and hot plates, beakers and Bunsen burners will work just fine.

A few years ago the Indiana State Police arrested a chemist at Eli Lilly and Co., the pharmaceutical giant, on methamphetamine charges. The investigation revealed that he had been making the drug at work. State police lab reports indicated that this rogue chemist’s meth was 100 percent pure, proving that a fully furnished and functioning lab is an excellent place to “cook.”

The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration reported that more than 15,000 illicit meth labs were seized in the United States last year. Across the country meth labs have been found next to and across the street from schools and day care centers.

The meth cooker probably uses the drug and perhaps sells his product to sustain his habit. He is likely to be addicted to the drug and either badly in need of a fix or already high when he is cooking up a batch. His desperation and/or impairment greatly increase the likelihood that something will go wrong during the process. And when things go wrong, they may go really wrong.

One in six meth labs catches fire. And even if the cooker manages not to blow himself up, whatever is left over from a cook creates a hazardous waste site. Emergency rooms across the country have treated scores of children who have ingested meth and the chemicals used in its manufacture.

As a school official you need to keep in mind that meth is a monster that can rear its ugly head anytime, anywhere. Keep an eye out in and near your school for indicators that a lab is nearby. Meth makers use cold pills, drain cleaner, starting fluid, coffee filters and anhydrous ammonia that it often put in propane tanks in the cooking process. They also use lithium batteries, salt, aluminum foil and a heat source.

Meth makers and users are almost always paranoid. The drug and the nature of their business make them that way. They may post “no trespassing” signs, completely cover their windows and behave in suspicious and bizarre ways. They probably won’t even set out their trash.

These people can be very dangerous. Earlier this year meth users kidnapped and killed a Southern Indiana girl because she saw them using the drug and were afraid she’d report them.

If you suspect you have a lab in or near your school, report your suspicions to your school resource officer or police department immediately. It’s better to be safe than sorry.

  • Flaming_eye_max50


    over 3 years ago


    I would rather have some people come at my school and present me an health care administration degree online offer, but today, the number of youngsters who turn to drugs seems to have gone off the chart. We need to do something about that.

  • Photo_user_blank_big


    almost 4 years ago


    Unfortunately this is the reality, making meth is highly accessible and with some effort anyone could get the recipe that's why I think it's important for the people to be warned of the signs of meth labs close to their homes, only with people's help the authorities will be able to interfere in time. I read some tough information about meth on a California drug rehabilitation, it had an impact on me and at this point I can tell for sure that I'll never become a meth user.

  • -paxp-deijejanuary2012bingoforhomelessfamiliesutahcyberslutsorg_max50


    over 7 years ago


    Did you ever think about the coffee pot in your hotel/motel room?

    NOT A big suprise to me. Check the backs of cars, trucks, vans. The motorhomes. The camp trailers. The storage sheds. Mobile labs were found years ago.

  • Photo_user_banned_big


    almost 8 years ago


    What you said is possible. A lab can be made in a school. There has already been a meth lab found in a JAIL CELL in the western part of Tennessee.

  • Photo_user_blank_big


    almost 8 years ago


    I think that meth is a very serious problem in our community. I have found that the source is comming from the border brothers(mexican moffia). It seems to have the affect of euphoria and sexual excitement, which I believe has become the main addiction of the drug. Its like a cross between extacy and speed.I can spot a meth user from a mile away. The main ear mark is the color of skin, and the distant look in the eyes. The reason I think its like extacy is because, when the person is under the influence that person may sweat profusely needing water to cool down. The user may usually find themselves in a motel secluded from the rest of the world. Porography and demented thoughts to heighten sexual arousal. I think one way to catch meth users is towards the motels. Here you will find alot of deallers useing the motel to either manufacture the drug,sell the drug or, use the drug.

  • Picture_1_max50


    almost 8 years ago


    I know all to well the dangers of meth. I 'm trying to makle a difference

  • Photo_user_blank_big


    almost 8 years ago


    The users can be DANGEROUS too, becaue they will do any thing to get meth.

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