Arizona Attorney General

Mark Brnovich

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What Are The Signs That A Child Is Being Exposed To Meth Lab Chemicals?

Teachers, day care staff and other individuals who work with or care for children exposed to chemicals associated with meth labs may, or may not, observe a variety of symptoms, including:

  • Watery eyes
  • Discharge from the eyes
  • Blurred vision
  • Eye pain, including burning
  • Skin irritation and redness
  • Mild to severe burns on the skin
  • Sneezing and coughing
  • Difficult and labored breathing, shortness of breath
  • Congestion of the voice box
  • Chest pain
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Abdominal pain
  • Diarrhea
  • Moderate to severe headache
  • Rapid heart rate
  • Dark colored urine
  • Fever
  • Decrease in mental status
  • Yellow jaundice
  • Hallucinations
  • Extreme irritabilityPhoto of a 3 year old found in a meth lab. Click image to enlarge.
  • Severe neglect

If you believe a child is being exposed to meth lab chemicals, or if a child tells you that drug-making is occurring in their home, please call 911 immediately and tell law enforcement personnel what you know.