Many Americans got a clear idea of what a “meth house” was from watching the popular TV series Breaking Bad. Away from Hollywood homes where methamphetamine is manufactured do exist. Recent evidence in a home would be a smell like cat urine, stripped out batteries, lighter fluid, salt and empty two liter plastic soda bottles.
Living in a former “meth lab” can cause health problems. Fumes can seep into a home’s surfaces, insulation, and even dry wall causing problems ranging from respiratory illness to neurological problems. After the clandestine lab has left, the evidence is not often apparent. Some states have mandatory requirements for homeowners and agents to disclose known meth exposure; Florida is not one of them.
If you are suspicious about a property you are buying meth testing kits are available for about $50. 00. The DEA has a website: www.dea.gov/clan-lab.shtml where known drug homes are listed (I just checked and there are currently none on the registry in Monroe County). It is also a good idea to talk local law enforcement and neighbors to help learn the history.