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Environmental Public Health Home > Methamphetamine Lab Response > Local County Health Departments Local County Health Departments

Law enforcement provides an occurrence report of the methamphetamine lab activity to the local county health department. You can find the contact information for your local county health department at the following link: http://www.in.gov/isdh/24822.htm

  • Local Health Department Role:
    • Local Health Departments and Meth Labs
    • Protects public health by ensuring that contaminated properties remain vacant until they are properly remediated.
    • Local county health officials interpret occurrence reports to determine if orders need to be issues to vacate and remediate homes.
    • Local county health departments possess the authority to declare dwellings unfit for human habitation due to an unsanitary condition that is likely to cause sickness among occupants.
    • Health departments can work with law enforcement and other professional partners to find additional sites potentially in need of abatement. Some local health department officials sample to determine if additional sites also need abatement.
    • IC 16-41-20: Chapter 20. Health, Sanitation, and Safety: Dwellings Unfit for Human Habitation
  • Dwellings Unfit for Human Habitation:
    • Local county health officials possess the authority to declare dwellings unfit for human habitation due to an unsanitary condition that is likely to cause sickness among occupants.
    • Local county health officials review occurrence reports and/or sampling data to determine if a dwelling should be declared unfit and ordered vacated.
    • Local county health officials can rescind the declaration of unfit for human habitation once a certificate of decontamination has been issued by a qualified inspected as prescribed in 318 IAC 1.
    • IC 16-41-20: Chapter 20. Health, Sanitation, and Safety: Dwellings Unfit for Human Habitation
  • Resources for Local County Health Departments:
    • Local Health Departments and Meth Labs
    • IC 16-41-20: Chapter 20. Health, Sanitation, and Safety: Dwellings Unfit for Human Habitation
    • IC 16-20-1-23: Inspection of Private Property by local health officer; consent by owner; exceptions; court order; property in which officer has interest.
    • IC 16-20-1-25: Unlawful conditions; abatement order; enforcement; providing false information.
    • Indiana State Police Database of Clandestine Lab Addresses: (http://www.in.gov/meth/2371.htm)
    • Local County Health Department Officials: Sampling
      • Health departments can work with law enforcement and other professional partners to find additional contaminated sites for which there is no occurrence report. Local county health officials can sample under the authority provided in IC 16-20-1-23 to determine if additional suspected sites also need abatement.
      • It is not recommended that public health officials sample sites for which there is an occurrence report for an operational lab. Assume operational labs are contaminated.
      • For further information: Role of Local County Health Departments in response to Suspected Drug Lab Sites: LHD Role Responding to Meth Lab Sites

    • Sampling Process
    1. Local County Health Departments should contact the Indiana State Department of Health Chemistry Laboratories.
      • Mark Starzynski at the Organic Chemistry Lab http://www.in.gov/isdh/22421.htm
      • Organic Chemistry Lab (317)921-5580
    2. Assemble a Sampling Kit
      • Click here for the Assembling a Methamphetamine Sampling Kit Steps
    3. Sampling Steps:
      • Click here for Sampling Steps
    4. Interpretation of Results:
      • Indiana’s final decontamination standard in 318 IAC 1 is 0.5ug/100cm2
      • Any individual sample exceeding this indicates that the residence has contamination above Indiana’s standard. A health official should use IC 16-41-20 to order a contaminated home vacated until it is remediated per 318 IAC 1.
      • ISDH Chemistry Lab Sampling Protocol for Methamphetamine Residue
    5. Sampling Safety Tips for Local County Health Department Officials: