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Health Effects

What Are the Health Effects of Methamphetamine Residue?

Contamination from smoking or making meth can leave behind enough methamphetamine residue on surfaces and in ventilation systems that people and pets can suffer health problems similar to a chronic meth user. Side effects of coming into contact with methamphetamine residue include loss of appetite, mental cloudiness, itchy skin, dry eyes, irritability, paranoia, difficulty breathing, headaches, nervousness, anxiety; in more extreme cases, methamphetamine residue contact can cause convulsions and even death.

The risk of contact is especially greater when there are small children occupying a property where methamphetamine was previously manufactured or used as children may put contaminated objects into their mouths and their constant skin-to-surface contact while crawling on carpets where the residue may have settled.

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