Meth Potentially Harmful to Those Exposed

By: Lauren Forsythe Email
By: Lauren Forsythe Email

Last Thursday, we told you about a meth bust on Lost Woods Ave in Bowling Green.

The mother of the baby, who was sleeping in the room that shared a wall where meth was allegedly being cooked, has been worried for her daughter's health.

"I can't believe it, that this is happening right next-door to me."

That was Vanessa Soules last week right after she found out meth was reportedly being cooked in the townhouse next-door.

Her five-month old daughter has been on breathing treatments for a month.

"The baby's room is right next to their room where they were cooking this stuff and now we have to find out if this is what's going on with our child," Soules says.

According to the Warren County Drug Task Force, Soules' daughter may be experiencing respiratory problems that come from meth exposure.

"I think the chemicals from that very well could have seeped through the walls or common spaces such as attics or whatnot in an apartment. So, that's quite possible that that could have affected the child," Drug Task Force Director, Tommy Loving.

One drug prevention expert says while the symptoms of meth exposure aren't very noticeable, they are definitely there.

"It can be something as simple as an asthmatic being sensitive to a perfume, or a spray deodorant, or even an air freshener. They may get short of breath, they may get dizzy, they may even be nauseated. So, it could be some of those same symptoms with a chemical sensitivity related to a meth chemical," says drug prevention expert, Kathy Thweatt.

While meth is harmful to everyone exposed, Thweatt says it's most harmful when children are involved.

"Anytime you interrupt the development, with a chemical agent, you can cause problems," Thweatt says.

"For people who say that drugs are a victimless crime. Well, ask the mother and the child," Loving says.

Thweat says those who are exposed to large amounts of meth have a greater risk of cancer later in life.


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