by Kyle Swenson
In early May we offered a peek at the Akron Police Department’s standout efforts to crack down on methamphetamine production. The takeaway was that meth isn’t a local problem, but a statewide woe that most municipalities barely try to keep a handle on.
Now a few state senators are trying to refocus attention on meth by creating sturdier guidelines for what happens after cops bust a house. Specifically, they want to hold you, meth-making homeowner, responsible for what happens in your place.
The legislation, which mirrors a similar law fresh on the books in Akron, was introduced in the state Senate last week. “It makes it clear that the owner is responsible for remediating the lasting effects of the meth production,” explains Frank LaRose, a Copley Republican who co-sponsored the bill. The hitch, he says, is that there’s no shortage of disagreement on what passes for a meth-house bill of health.
“This was the part that was confounding us for the last year as we worked on this. There are widely varying standards from state to state, from steam clean the carpet and lightly wash the walls down with soapy water on the lenient side, to tear the house down on the other side.”
The bill calls for the Ohio Department of Health to study federal guidelines in order to carve some actual rules into stone. Once that’s accomplished, LaRose hopes to hammer out more specifics on cleanup. One idea making the rounds is to certify certain companies to handle the job. Which, considering the meth boom that’s on right now, could be a great new use for your hazmat suit.