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Clandestine “Drug” Lab Decontamination

The illegal manufacturing of amphetamine-derived and illicitly, synthetic opioids is an increasing problem in Canada. These drugs include:

  • “Meth” (methamphetamine)

  • “MDMA/Ecstasy” (methylenedioxymethamphetamine)

  • “MDA” (methylenedioxyamphetamine)

  • Fentanyl

  • Carfentanil

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.

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Howard Schafer

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Michelle Davis

“We had First Response come do a cleaning when we first moved into our home. Richard called me during the cleaning to inform me that they found that there was mold forming on the windows in the downstairs bathroom. I was so impressed by how the First Response team kept me informed throughout the process and continue to use their services.”

Jessica F. Chan

First Response is one of Ontario’s only firms to have trained, certified and experienced methamphetamine and fentanyl decontamination technicians and processes to remediate clandestine labs and structures with illicit drug or residues present.
A First Response, decontamination specialist will conduct a preliminary assessment to detail, and if necessary, collect samples to determine the extent of of contamination. This assessment will allow First Response to provide a detailed remediation plan, using specialty procedures, equipment and products to adequately perform decontamination including:

  • Drug residues

  • Chemical spills

  • HVAC systems

  • Plumbing/septic/sewer

  • Construction materials and furnishings

  • Household appliances

  • Exterior contamination

  • Post-remediation verification

If you suspect an illicit drug manufacturing or drug residue situation, contact a First Response specialist today.

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