Protect Your Family
Methamphetamine is a uniquely dangerous and addictive drug. The best way to protect your family from meth is to discuss the drug with them.

Teenagers and preteens sometimes feel invincible, an attitude that can lead to risky behaviors including experimenting with drugs. Talk to your children about the dangers of illegal drugs, including meth.

Drug Endangered Children

In North Carolina, children have been found living in one out of every four homes where meth is made. Living in these homes means they are exposed to hazardous chemicals, toxic fumes, and potential fires and explosions. Some addicts even allow their children to help make meth.

The chemicals used to cook meth contaminate the carpets, furniture, wallpaper and even a child's clothes and toys. Children who are removed from these homes when their parents are busted have to leave all of their belongings behind.

One in three children found living in meth labs test positive for traces of the drug. The health risks to children who are exposed to meth labs are especially serious because their immune systems are not fully developed.

North Carolina has a comprehensive strategy for helping these drug endangered children. This protocol was developed by the N.C. Division of Social Services in consultation with the SBI and other state and local agencies.

Protect Your Community

The effects of meth addiction can spread throughout your community, causing crime and violence. Meth labs where addicts cook the drug can explode or catch fire, and become toxic waste dumps. Children found living in homes where meth is made have to be removed from their parents.