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Meth Ingredients Injure Two Garbage Men

Meth Ingredients Injure Two Garbage Men
By: Lauren Keith

Royalton, Illinois - Two garbage men got hurt, this week, when they stumbled across a meth lab.

The two men were dumping the trash into their garbage trucks when something exploded in the back of the truck. They weren't hurt too badly, but the scare is something that still remains on many people's minds.

Hauling trash is already somewhat of a dangerous job, and as the meth problem gets worse, waste companies worry what this means for their workers.

Now, undercover drug agents and the Illinois State Police have a special program where they teach anyone how to spot a meth lab.

"Garbage is a dangerous business. Household waste is hazardous, just in itself, and you add meth to it-- it becomes exceedingly dangerous. We try to caution our drivers all the time,” says Mike Huskey of Burris Disposal Service in Carbondale.

Ater hearing two drivers in nearby Royalton recently got hurt, Huskey claims his company will now check out a meth lab awareness program by the Drug Enforcement Administration and Illinois State Police.Together, officers teach trash haulers - and others - how to spot meth labs.

"I'm surprised more people aren't getting hurt," admits an undercover agent with the DEA.

The DEA agent works undercover, so he can't appear on camera, and we didn't reveal his identity.

The agent says trash hauler or not, as the meth problem gets worse, everyone should know the signs of a working lab. "Punched-through cans, two-liter bottles, or 20 ounce bottles that have tubes running across them, for example. In the meth production process, these cans are under pressure, and so when they went to crush them, it exploded and released the gas,” says the agent.

Furthermore, another problem is, most of these meth-making materials are similar to something you just may throw away yourself. That can make a garbage man's job even tougher.

"We encourage them to report it to management. Then, we decide if it warrants further investigation, but we want to respect people's privacy, but we also have to protect our workers as well,” says hauler Mike Huskey.

In the program, drug agents and police officers can come to your group's meeting and show you items they've found, during meth arrests.

It’s for anyone who comes into contact with waste - like nurses and home care workers, too.

If you're interested, just call the Illinois State Police.

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