The illegal manufacturing of amphetamine-derived and illicitly, synthetic opioids is an increasing problem in Canada. These drugs include:
These illegal substances are produced in clandestine labs (often referred to as “drug labs”) using a variety of chemicals and manufacturing processes including combining the substances with other illegal drugs like heroin or cocaine. Clandestine labs can be housed in a variety of structures including private dwellings, townhomes, apartments, motels, vehicles and non-residential buildings. Proper remediation of structures is vital to eliminate health risks to contractors, ﬁrst responders and re-occupants from exposure to residual chemicals or drugs. Potentially dangerous exposure can occur through inhalation (breathing) of particles and chemicals, oral (ingestion) and dermal (contact with the skin). The range of exposure pathways and complexity of the chemicals/drugs present make clandestine lab remediation a very specialized process.