Title

Cleanup of Methamphetamine Labs: Policy Analysis of Colorado's Local Health Departments

Date of Award

11-16-2007

Document Type

Capstone Project

Disciplines

Environmental Policy & Mgmt

Degree Name

Master of Applied Science

Department

Environmental Policy & Mgmt

Advisor

Timothy Gablehouse

Keywords

Cleanup; Department; Health; Lab; Methamphetamine; Policy

Abstract

Methamphetamine (meth) labs can pose serious risks to the public health and environment and, in the last decade, the United States has seen a meth lab problem grow steadily out of control. As a result, many states have enacted various forms of legislation and regulations pertaining to the cleanup of illegal drug laboratories. In Colorado, state legislation gives local health departments, building departments, and law enforcement agencies the authority to enact various forms of public policy to enforce the recently enacted state statute. This paper provides a review of what local health departments in Colorado have done, given their authority, and provides several recommendations for improvement at both the local and state levels.

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