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FIRE AND RESCUE OPERATIONS AT CLANDESTINE DRUG LABS

Issue 4 and Volume 145.

FIRE AND RESCUE OPERATIONS AT CLANDESTINE DRUG LABS Photo by author An increasing danger for emergency responders is the illegal drug lab. Successful law enforcement efforts to reduce illegal drug traffic from other countries into the United States have prompted many drug merchants to attempt local production of illegal drugs. Drugs that are manufactured in such labs include LSD, PCP, amphetamine, methamphetamine. Quaalude™, and phentanol analogs or other designer drugs, which arc very potent. Inhaling airborne particulate matter at the lab site, in some instances, can be fatal. Methamphetamine (speed) is the most popular and profitable homemade drug. In December 1988, a newspaper in Baltimore, Maryland, reported that chemicals purchased for S 175 can be combined to produce one pound of pure methamphetamine. which can be weakened and sold at a street value of S32,000. The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) reports in Domestic Statistical Summary for DEA Clandestine Lab Seizures…

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