Was your house once a meth lab?

Would you like to know if your house – or your neighbors’ houses – was ever the site of a clandestine meth lab? There’s one way to find out: the federal Drug Enforcement Administration’s National Clandestine Laboratory Registry.

We’ve reviewed the listings for Columbia County (there’s only one thus far, thank goodness, but it’s an address that might surprise you considering its proximity to downtown Magnolia), and we thought you might be interested in checking out the list for yourself. Each former meth lab is listed by county, by city, and by address. Check out this link for more: http://www.justice.gov/dea/seizures/index.html

Note, however, that the list contains addresses of locations where law enforcement agencies reported finding chemicals or other items that indicated the presence of either clandestine drug laboratories or dumpsites. Be advised, too, that the source of the entries is not the DEA, and that the DEA has not verified the entry and does not guarantee its accuracy. If you’d like to be certain that a meth lab was discovered at a specific residence, you should contact the local law enforcement agencies.

We think it’s important for the community to be aware of locations at which meth was made or sold, primarily because of the health risks involved. Those who move into homes where the drug was made may experience symptoms like headaches or difficulty in breathing, among others.

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