Is That Home Near a Meth House?

October 27, 2016

A new study pinpoints where meth incidents have occurred in the nation’s neighborhoods and lets home owners know if they could be living near one.

In 2014, the U.S. had 9,338 methamphetamine incidents, encompassing reported laboratories, dumpsites, and seizures of chemicals and glassware, according to data from the U.S. Drug Enforcement Association., using DEA data, created an interactive map where users can plug in a street address, city, or state to view any meth incidents reported nearby. The site also highlights the health dangers of meth homes and for those living in proximity.

Some of the highest cases of meth incidents are in Indiana, Tennessee, Missouri, Ohio, Illinois, and Michigan, the study finds. says there could be several signs a meth lab home is near you: numerous people coming and going, trash cans overflowing with plastic bottles and tubes, distinctive odors (sometimes described as rotten eggs or animal urine), and the sound of explosions.

Source: “10 Years of Meth Lab Explosions,” (October 2016)