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Environmental Public Health Consequences of Clandestine Methamphetamine Laboratories
Hosted by The Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR), American College of Medical Toxicology (ACMT)
Sponsored by the Pechanga Temecula Band of Luiseno Mission Indians

This course offers a unique opportunity to learn about the clinical health effects of methamphetamine use and abuse, the hazards of synthesis, health effects of methamphetamines, and clean up and remediation of clandestine laboratories. Children's health and exposure considerations will also be presented.

The ACMT faculty members are board certified and fellowship trained physician medical toxicologists. They
have extensive experience directly caring for patients suffering from the ill effects of chemical agents and poisons. For more information about ACMT please visit their web-site at

Target Audience:
The audience will include law enforcement, emergency physicians and medical technicians, public health and environmental professionals, social services providers, HAZMAT professionals, first responders, public policy professionals and others who may work on issues related to clandestine methamphetamine laboratories.


  1. Clandestine Methamphetamine Laboratories: What are the Issues?
  2. Methamphetamine Neurotoxicity:
  3. Chemical Hazards of Methamphetamine Lab Seizures: Managing Patients Brought from the Scene
  4. Evaluation of the Most Vulnerable Population: Children Exposed to Methamphetamine.
  5. Protection and Monitoring of Personnel Involved in Laboratory Seizure and Clean-Up.
  6. Field Detection and Environmental Consequences of Clandestine
    Laboratory Clean Up
  7. Tribal Law Enforcement Perspectives
  8. Treatment of Patients with Methamphetamine Addiction 

Learning Objectives:

  1. Describe the state of methamphetamine use and clandestine methamphetamine laboratories in the US
  2. Identify the clinical effects of methamphetamine and describe the management of acute and chronic toxicity
  3. Describe the law enforcement perspective on methamphetamine in the community
  4. Describe the chemical hazards of methamphetamine synthesis.
  5. Identify personal and environmental protection equipment to be used by first responders
  6. Identify the modalities available to treat victims of the clandestine methamphetamine lab exposure
  7. Identify the occupational monitoring requirements for responders
  8. Identify the special features to be considered for the evaluation of children found at the scene
For general information contact Libby Vianu by telephone at 415-947-4319 or via e-mail at

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