Recently, we reported that proponents of having homes checked by the Federal government for evidence of former crystal meth manufacturing posted an online petition. Thus far, the petition has over 200,000 signatures. This petition was started by a family who began experiencing serious health issues and later found out they had purchased a home that was formerly a meth lab.
The petition is posted on the website Change.org Jonathan Hankins started the movement after he bought a home from the Federal agency Freddie Mac in Oregon.
On the site Hankins writes, “Within weeks of moving in, my wife, my two year old son, and I all started experiencing terrible dry-mouth and mouth sores. Then we started to have trouble breathing, and I developed sinus headaches and nosebleeds. My home was contaminated with methamphetamine. But even worse, it was filled with traces of the toxic stew used to cook the drug.”
The family must now pay their mortgage and rent on a safer second home where they now live. Over 10,000 clandestine meth lab incidents occurred last year, according to the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA). The agency suggests thousands more homes in America may be toxic due to crystal meth residue.