Burn units across the United States are increasingly treating a new
type of patient, individuals injured in explosions and fires from homemade
laboratories producing illicit methamphetamine, or meth.
Small “meth labs” have sprouted up around the country. The
US Department of Justice reported that in 2004, there were 17 033 meth
lab-related seizures by law enforcement. These facilities are often found
in homes, trailers, and even motel rooms. “Cooks” at such poorly
ventilated manufacturing sites mix and heat volatile chemicals to make methamphetamine,
creating a recipe for disaster.
Meth Lab Fires Put Heat on Burn Centers. JAMA. 2005;294(16):2009-2010. doi:10.1001/jama.294.16.2009