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For each pound of illegal methamphetamines created, three to six pounds of toxic waste is also created. Methamphetamine production destroys trees, make houses unlivable and contaminates forests and farmland. Houses that are former meth labs confiscated by the state often sit vacant, unusable due to the numerous health risks. The average citizen can help put an end to this by keeping their eyes and noses open.

Here's how to spot a meth lab

Most of this information comes from the Boulder County Government:

Unusual Smells

These smells are indicative of a meth lab.

1. Cat urine

2. Ether

3. Ammonia

4. Acetone

5. Strong chemical or fuel smell

Unusual Sights

These are visual signs symptomatic of a meth lab.

1. Blacked-out windows.

2. People coming and going at all hours.

3. Tremendous amounts of trash: Beakers, duct tape, neon-stained coffee filters.

4. Unusually high amount of clear glass containers.

5. A meth-maker will use hundreds of dollars cold tablets that contain ephedrine or pseudophedrine—Sudafed for instance—per batch. A large number of cold medicine packets is almost a dead giveaway.

6. Meth heads may recycle copper, but not paper and plastic.

7. Coleman fuel and Heet containers strewn about.

Damage to Property

1. Wall discoloration. Brown iodine stains mostly.

2. Corroded gas canisters.

3. Ring of dying trees and plants around structure.

How to Report a Meth Lab

Unless you are an officer of the law, do not try to apprehend or confront the suspect. Call 911 or other law enforcement agencies, the DEA for example.

Never go through a suspect's trash. The chemicals used to make meth are so toxic that they can cause severe illness or death.