There are short term and long term health effects associated with being exposed to meth residues in property.  Where these residues are at low levels and limited to use only, the effects on health are less severe than if a lab has been operating.  It should be noted that the effects on children tend to be more pronounced.  Children are closer to the contamination, absorb proportionately larger amounts of contaminants and less well developed metabolisms.

Short Term Health Effects

These can be wide ranging.  They can be similar to seasonal effects associated with allergies or cold/flu. The key thing to note, is that they will persist far longer than you would normally expect.  It is important to note, that some people will suffer none of these effects, while others will.  Symptoms might include:

  • Headaches
  • Watery or burning eyes
  • Nausea
  • Burning skin
  • Coughing or Choking
  • Pain in diaphragm
  • Feeling of coldness or weakness
  • Shortness of breath / dizziness
  • Decrease in cognitive function – feeling ‘mismothered’
  • Vertigo
  • Convulsions
  • Sleep disorders

Long Term Health Effects

Studies into long term health effects associated with living in properties that have been used as meth labs are not widely available.  However, the effects of the chemicals associated with manufacture are understood.  So, living in a property increases the risk of the following:

  • Cancer
  • Nervous disorders/Tremors
  • Damage to kidneys and liver
  • Birth defects
  • Reproductive problems
  • Death