Illicit Drug Lab Remediation Services
Industry experts in fentanyl, meth and illicit drug lab cleanup
Mayken™ was contracted to clean up the very first fentanyl lab busted in Alberta back in 2016. During that time, we worked closely with Alberta Health Services (AHS) to develop a process to safely clean up fentanyl contaminated sites.
Since then, we have remediated many illegal drug labs, including the largest fentanyl lab in Canadian history. We have become industry leaders for drug lab remediation. We continue to provide expertise as subject matter experts to AHS as they routinely update the fentanyl remediation guidance.
Meth labs can be anywhere
A lot has changed in the last decade when it comes to clandestine drug labs. Back then, the main cause for concern was dealing with meth labs. Because it is a highly addictive, low cost, easy to produce narcotic, methamphetamine was the drug of choice.
This resulted in meth being produced everywhere, in residential buildings, non-residential buildings and vehicles, in cities, suburbs, big towns, small towns, rural acreages and even in cabins hidden in remote forested areas. Regardless of where it is produced, the chemicals used to create meth are highly explosive and the fumes are very harmful, which makes cleaning up a meth lab an extremely dangerous job.
Besides the threat of the harsh chemicals and fire, there is a risk of exposure to the methamphetamine itself. The health risks from methamphetamine include respiratory issues, irregular heartbeat, tooth decay, heart problems, strokes, and even death.
Fentanyl changed the game
Fast-forward a few years and the growing popularity of synthetic opioids like fentanyl and carfentanil have made the dangers of cleaning up drug lab contamination even worse. Nowadays most narcotics smuggled into the country are in bulk form. This means they still need to be processed locally to turn blocks into powders and powders into pills.
Even if they already come in pill format, many drug dealers will crush the pills so they can cut the fentanyl with other substances into new pills. This allows them to sell more product and increase their profits and distribution network.
Entrepreneurial drug dealers often turn rental properties, apartments, empty townhomes and even vehicles into distribution centers and production labs. Because they do not own the property, it is easy for them to pickup and move elsewhere on short notice.
Common Illict Drugs
Meth and fentanyl are not the only hazardous illicit drugs encountered at drug sites. Knowing what is on site is the first step to properly and thoroughly clean. We start with a property drug testing process to locate and identify any drug contamination for the following substances:
- Heroin / Opiates
- MDMA / Ecstasy
This list of substances tested increases as new drugs are found on the streets by police or health authorities in Calgary and surrounding areas.
Fentanyl drug labs
The equipment used to breakdown fentanyl creates a very fine dust, much like the powered sugar found on doughnuts. Like other fine dust, it easily gets inside of air ducts and drains, in and on top of cupboards, on the ceilings, walls and windows, ground into carpets, between floorboards, etc.
Basically, every surface exposed to air can end up with drug residue on it. The fentanyl dust can also be spread outdoors from clothing and shoes. This can leave a trail of contaminated areas.
Fentanyl drug sites
Even if there is no drug lab, no drug processing, but just illegal drugs being used by a single user, there is still a risk of contamination in the area. These contaminated areas can include private dwellings, apartments, townhomes, motels, hotels, vehicles, offices, public washrooms, stores, yards and playgrounds.
Since such tiny amounts of fentanyl can be deadly, any location where fentanyl has been used should be treated with as much caution and the same process as a full drug lab site.
Drug lab remediation is a job for professionals
Production sites and user sites for illicit drugs like methamphetamine, cocaine, heroin and fentanyl are all highly dangerous environments. That is why it's so important to hire licensed, insured and certified hazmat technicians to handle the cleanup process and decontamination.
Removing the toxic chemicals and chemical waste safely is complicated. Often the types of chemicals used are unlabeled. To ensure long-term safety, the hazardous materials must be properly handled and properly disposed of. Professionals have the training, experience and equipment to do the job thoroughly and safely.
AHS defines drug cleanup requirements
Drug lab decontamination is not a simple cleaning job, it requires advanced knowledge of local and federal laws, chemistry, and environmental issues. Alberta Health Services states on their "drug operation closure" health orders that property owners are required to:
- hire a professional remediation company that specializes in hazardous materials remediation
- submit a remediation proposal for approval and acceptance
- provide documentation the cleanup work was completed
Our proposals and documentation are thorough and detailed to meet AHS stringent requirements when cleaning up drug labs and user sites.
Taking extra levels of precaution
At Mayken™ we take extra precautions to ensure the property is returned to the owner in a clean, safe pre-condition or improved state. This includes:
- Working with local authorities to ensure adherence to local government agency regulations
- Installing Naloxone kits and have established safety procedures
- Containing, removing, transporting, and disposing of all chemicals, drugs and their by-products
- Being a licensed transported of hazardous waste and holding an emergency Alberta Waste Generator number
- Documenting, labeling and reporting every finding every step of the way
We approach grow op remediation with the same type of diligence in our procedures.
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