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Environmental and Health Consequences of Clandestine Methamphetamine Laboratories

MethLabExteriorThe course is presented by the American College of Medical Toxicology (ACMT), through a cooperative agreement with the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR).

Course Description:

This course offers a unique opportunity to learn about the clinical health effects of methamphetamine use and abuse, the hazards of synthesis, health effects of methamphetamines, and clean up and remediation of clandestine laboratories. Children's health and exposure considerations will also be presented.

The ACMT faculty members are board certified and fellowship trained physician medical toxicologists. They have extensive experience directly caring for patients suffering from the ill effects of chemical agents and poisons.

Target Audience:

The audience will include law enforcement, emergency physicians and medical technicians, public health and environmental professionals, social services providers, HAZMAT professionals, first responders, public policy professionals and others who may work on issues related to clandestine methamphetamine laboratories.

Learning Objectives:

  • Describe the state of methamphetamine use and clandestine meth laboratories in the US.
  • Identify the clinical effects of methamphetamines and describe the management of acute and chronic toxicity.
  • Describe the law enforcement perspective on methamphetamine in the community.
  • Describe the chemical hazards of methamphetamine synthesis.
  • Identify personal and environmental protection equipment to be used by first responders.
  • Identify the modalities available to treat victims of the clandestine meth lab exposure.
  • Identify the occupational monitoring requirements for responders.
  • Identify the special features to be considered for the evaluation of children found at the scene.
8:00-9:00am Registration
9:00-9:15am Opening Remarks and Welcome
9:15-9:30am Introduction to ACMT / ATSDR
9:30-10:30am History and Epidemiology
10:30-10:45am Break
10:45-11:30am Chemistry of Meth Labs
11:30-12:45pm Lunch
12:45-1:30pm Medical Effects & Consequences
1:30-2:15pm Hazards and PPE
2:15-2:30pm Break
2:30-3:15pm Pediatric Considerations
3:15-4:00pm Tabletop Exercise and Open Discussion
4:00-4:30pm Evaluation and Dismissal

Funding for this web-based learning module was made possible (in part) by the cooperative agreement award number 4 U61/TS000117-04 from the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR). The views expressed in written conference materials or publications and by speakers and moderators do not necessarily reflect the official policies of the Department of Health and Human Services; nor does mention of trade names, commercial practices, or organizations imply endorsement by the U.S. Government.