Along with the dramatic rise in methamphetamine labs in Illinois has come an increase in the number of children found at lab sites. The dangers to children being exposed to this environment are severe. It is difficult to identify children who may be endangered by meth because there may be so many different signs and symptoms. However, there are some “telltale signs” to look for.
Children who are exposed to the chemicals used to manufacture meth may experience irritation of the eye, skin, or mucus membranes. They may have respiratory difficulties ranging from wheezing to respiratory distress. The child may have evidence of chemical burns on their skin. Children living in meth homes may also have an unusual odor and may appear unclean.
Children being abused and neglected in meth homes may show any combination of the following signs: