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Methamphetamine

Methamphetamine is dangerous and the methods of making methamphetamine are toxic, hazardous and volatile. Since the late 1990s, methamphetamine labs have created a serious problem for many areas, see History. To answer a growing need, the Special Projects Unit created the Clandestine Drug Lab Collection Station program.

Clandestine Drug Lab Collection Stations are specially designed buildings that provide safe, legal and secure locations where enforcement can manage and temporarily store seized meth lab chemicals pending processing and proper disposal. The department provides technical and financial assistance to local fire service and law enforcement agencies to operate collection stations throughout the state.

Methamphetamine Lab Incidents and Pounds of Material Disposed Categories Fiscal 2013 Fiscal 2012 Fiscal 2011 Oct. 1998
to
June 30, 2013
Meth Lab Incidents
837
1,450
1,282
17,901
Neutralized*
121
371
658
22,567
Metal Reused/Recycled*
598
1,382
3,627
75,619
Volatilized/Other*
242
402
249
20,996
Hazardous Waste*
3,418
6,422
8,482
150,165
Solid Waste*
6,420
12,170
19,740
312,073
Total Materials Processed*
10,799

20,747

32,756
581,420

*Meth Lab Statistics Disclaimer

The Special Projects Unit also provides at no cost a variety of supplies to collection station operators, drug task forces and law enforcement agencies. Examples include:

Send inquiries concerning supplies and equipment procurement by email or call 573-526-3349.

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Training

The Special Projects Unit works closely with the Missouri State Highway Patrol to sponsor a variety of specialized methamphetamine laboratory training at the Highway Patrol's Training Academy. As of Feb. 1, 2012, more than 1,000 people have been certified to enter and dismantle clandestine methamphetamine laboratories through a 40-hour Hazardous Waste and Emergency Response for Methamphetamine Laboratories,

An 8-hour Hazardous Waste and Emergency Response for Methamphetamine Laboratories Re-Certification is also offered at Highway Patrol Troop Headquarters. Another training course offered at the Training Academy is a 24-hour Site Safety Officer for Methamphetamine Laboratories.

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History

In 1997, law enforcement agencies were inundated with large illegal quantities of hazardous waste, chemicals and debris due to the production of methamphetamine. At the direction of the governor the Missouri Methamphetamine Enforcement and Environmental Protection Task Force formed to address this and other issues related to the burgeoning meth problem. Under the direction of the Special Projects Unit, numerous local, state and federal agencies and organizations banded together and created the Clandestine Drug Lab Collection Station program.

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Additional Links:

Environmental Emergency Response Photo Gallery

Meth lab collection stations in Missouri Map icon.

Methamphetamine: Hazardous to Your Health and the Environment (Missouri State Highway Patrol)

Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services' Guidelines for Cleaning up Former Methamphetamine Labs

Missouri Methamphetamine Incidents through December 2012* Map icon. (data from Missouri State Highway Patrol)

Missouri Methamphetamine Incidents 2013 Map icon. (Missouri State Highway Patrol / Meth Lab Statistics Disclaimer)

Nationwide Methamphetamine Incidents through December 2012 Map icon. (Missouri State Highway Patrol / Meth Lab Statistics Disclaimer)

Nationwide Methamphetamine Incidents 2013 Map icon. (Missouri State Highway Patrol / Meth Lab Statistics Disclaimer)

Nature and Extent of the Illicit Drug Problem in Missouri (Missouri Department of Public Safety)

Synthetic marijuana 'bath salts' now illegal in Missouri

2011 Statewide Missouri Meth Lab Seizures Surpass 2010 Number

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