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Helping Communities Combat Clandestine Methamphetamine Laboratories

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147 pages
This booklet provides health educators and other healthcare professionals with information, resources, and guidelines for addressing clandestine methamphetamine (meth) labs at the community level.
Part A contains a primer about methamphetamine and clandestine meth labs. It provides basic facts and statistics about meth characteristics, how it is abused, who uses it, its health effects, treatment, how and where it is manufactured, the prevalence of meth labs, control of the problem, and effects on the community. Part A also contains information sheets on a variety of community groups that may be affected by meth production, a community action guide on initiatives that unite and engage community members in working toward a safe, healthy, and drug-free community, and a resource directory for additional information on meth, meth labs, and community action. Part B provides additional technical information on the clinical presentation, evaluation, and health effects regarding exposure to meth or the byproducts of meth production. Part B also contains guides for clinicians and emergency providers on acute methamphetamine toxicity, the evaluation of children exposed to meth manufacturing, and environmental considerations in the cleanup of a clandestine meth lab. This publication or any combination of its components can be used independently or in conjunction with other efforts.