Meth Homes – The Dangers

Susie (a fictitious individual with no reference to any of our clients past, present or future), put an offer on a house. She asked for all the normal inspections; termite, radon, whole house, etc. Everything seemed to go well until the final walk-through before closing. She noticed, this time, that there were a number of things she hadn’t noticed before. There was a strong odor of cat urine, a number of stripped-out batteries, lighter fluid canisters, and salt. Not thinking too much of it, Susie went to the closing, mentioning these items, and was told by both agents that the mess would be cleaned up and the house aired out and the carpets cleaned by the seller before she moved in. Four weeks into living in the home, Susie suspected there was something wrong with property beyond what she found at her walk-through. After a couple more weeks of respiratory issues with her children, she called a doctor who had problems locating the issue. After a few months, she and her children both were having respiratory issues as well as her children starting to display nuerological issues, such as being dizzy and unable to focus.

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Meth Homes – The Dangers

One of the things home buyers are dealing with today are the dangers of buying a property that may have been used for creating drugs. These homes can often be called meth houses, meth homes, or drug houses. Meth homes pose a very big risk for home owners. While the science of dangers from a previous meth home is limited, it is clear that methamphetamines themselves cause health issues. It is only logical that meth homes, having been used to create methamphetamines would pose health issues as well. And as a result of growing media spotlights on meth homes, many states have begun requiring meth disclosures for properties.

One of the problems with meth homes is that if a person doesn’t know what to look for, and are not actively looking, it’s easy to miss the signs. Even with an inspection, it can be overlooked. The example above was exaggerated to make a point and it’s not always as blatant as the story indicates (notice how the picture displays common house hold items used for cooking Meth.

According to the potential health issues include respiratory and nuerological issues, potential corosive chemical burns, and even going so far to suggest that health issues from meth homes may include fertility issues and miscarriages. Again, the studies for the potential health issues are not there yet. But there are dangers. So be aware of what you are buying, make sure to talk to neighbors, checking with local law enforcement and sites such as the DEA’s National Clandestine Labratory Register.

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