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Environmental Epidemiology Program


Crystal Methamphetamine Methamphetamine (also called meth, crystal, chalk, and ice, among other terms) is an extremely addictive stimulant drug that is chemically similar to amphetamine. It takes the form of a white, odorless, bitter-tasting crystalline powder.

Methamphetamine contamination of the environment occurs when methamphtamine is use, distributed or manufactured. Methamphetamine production involves a number of very hazardous chemicals. Toxicity from these chemicals can remain in the environment around a methamphetamine production lab long after the lab has been shut down, causing a wide range of health problems for people living in the area.

This site provides some answers and resources for those seeking additional information regarding public health concerns resulting from methamphtamine use. This site particularly focuses on the impacts of methamphetamine contamination and the contamination resulting from methamphetamine production found in the environment, properties and homes.

Relevant laws and rules are:

Utah Code (Title 19, Chapter 6, Part 9) Illegal Drug Operations Site Reporting and Deconamination Act (ammended 2015)

Utah Code (Title 57, Chapter 27, Part 2) Disclosure of Methamphetamine Contaminated Property Act (enacted 2009)

Utah Rule (392-600) Illegal Drug Operations Decontamination Standards




Updated November 27, 2015