The U.S. Forest Service has issued an alert for folks who volunteer to pick up trash and hikers on trails in the George Washington and Jefferson National Forests. Be on the lookout for outdoor methamphetamine laboratories.
“Methamphetamine cooking and dump sites have been found on national forest land in the George Washington and Jefferson National Forests,” the alert said. “Please get educated and be vigilant when working in or visiting your national forests.”
Methamphetamine is a powerful central nervous system stimulant. It can be easily made using everyday household ingredients. At first glance, a cooking site or lab dump site may look like ordinary trash. The chemicals used are extremely hazardous. They can easily ignite or explode. The greatest risk is chemical poisoning or burns.