Special Projects (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.
- Seventeen collection stations are currently authorized by the department's Hazardous Waste Program
- From Oct. 1, 1998 to Jan. 8, 2014, the program safely processed 18,995 meth lab incidents totaling 606,848 pounds of hazardous waste, solid waste and other debris
|Methamphetamine Lab Incidents and
Pounds of Material Disposed Categories
|Fiscal 2013||Fiscal 2012||Fiscal 2011||Oct. 1998
June 30, 2013
|Meth Lab Incidents||837||1,450||1,282||17,901|
|Total Materials Processed*||10,799||
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:
- Personal protective equipment and air monitoring equipment such as chemical protective coveralls, boot covers, nitrile gloves, air-purifying respirators, cartridges, self-contained breathing apparatus and air cylinders
- Packaging/cleanup supplies: five gallon chemical overpack buckets, hazardous materials labels, eye wash bottles, safety goggles, safety glasses, absorbent material, pH paper, hand sanitizer
- Drager pumps and tubes along with organic vapor meters and multi-gas meters
Send inquiries concerning supplies and equipment procurement by email or call 573-526-3349.
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.
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.
Methamphetamine: Hazardous to Your Health and the Environment (Missouri State Highway Patrol)
Nationwide Methamphetamine Incidents through December 2014 (Missouri State Highway Patrol / Meth Lab Statistics Disclaimer)
Nature and Extent of the Illicit Drug Problem in Missouri (Missouri Department of Public Safety)