Hospitality Exposure to Drug Manufacturing and Use
The purpose of this notice is to review information on methamphetamine (meth) production or use, so that you may prevent or safely respond to meth use/production at your facility. Hotel rooms are at a unique risk to become makeshift drug labs.
If you suspect meth has been used or produced in a room, contact your local authorities immediately. Do not under any circumstances attempt to confront a guest or investigate a potentially hazardous or contaminated room.
Warning Signs of Meth Use or Production:
- Strong chemical-like odors. Especially acrid odors smelling of ammonia, chloroform, cat urine, or a pungent heavy perfume/sweet smell. If the odor is severe and results in lightheadedness, immediately exit the room and contact local authorities.
- Signs of drug use or paraphernalia, including but not limited to: pipes, needles, and scorched spoons.
- Chemical stains on toilets, sinks, and/or bathtubs.
- Garbage cans containing broken flasks, beakers, tubing or other chemical paraphernalia
- Guests who exhibit suspicious behavior such as: paying with cash or a prepaid credit card, not having a valid photo ID at checkin, having a local address, checking in late at night, checking out groups or blocks of rooms, and impairment consistent with drug-use.
Chemicals Involved in Meth Production May Include, But Are Not Limited to:
- Acetone or nail polish remover
- Alcohol (isopropyl or rubbing)
- Fertilizer (anhydrous ammonia)
- Gasoline (methanol)
- Brake Cleaner (toluene)
- Cold Medicine (ephedrine)
- Drain Cleaner (sulfuric acid)
- Engine Starters (ether)
- Ephedrine (cold medication)
- Gun Cleaner (trichloroethane)
- Hydrochloric acid (pool supply)
- Iodine (flakes or crystal)
- Kitty litter
- Lithium (batteries)
- Lighter Fluid
- Matches or Road Flares (red phosphorus)
- MSM (Nutritional supplement)
- Paint Thinner
- Salt (table or rock)
- Sodium Hydroxide (lye)
- Sodium Metal
Equipment Involved in Meth Production May Include, But Are Not Limited to:
- Aluminum Foil
- Coffee Filters
- Dirty Orange or Brown-Stained Rags
- Duct Tape
- Gas Cans
- Ice Chests
- Jugs and Bottles
- Laboratory or Tempered Glassware
- Plastic Bottles (often punctured)
- Propane Cylinders
- Rubber Tubing
Benefits of preventing meth production and use include: reduced risk and improved safety for guests and employees, decreased risk and liability, and improved overall guest experience. If authorities confirm meth may have been produced or used in a room, call your local FACS office to initiate a proper environmental cleanup.