POINT PLEASANT — The discovery of an alleged meth lab resulted in the arrest of one woman and the transport of three children to a local hospital.
According to the Mason County Sheriff’s Department, on Tuesday, deputies arrested Brittany M. Black, 25, of Camp Connelly and charged her with operating a clandestine drug lab and child endangerment.
According to the sheriff’s department, deputies received a 9-1-1 call to assist Mason County EMS personnel on an unknown medical call. Also at this time, deputies were alerted to a possible meth lab at the residence where they were being dispatched.
While at the residence, deputies report they discovered what is believed to be a meth lab. At this time, deputies also came into contact with three children in the residence, all of which were sent to a local hospital for treatment. One of these children is an infant and was transported to Cabell Huntington Hospital for further care.
Though the incident report doesn’t elaborate on what kind of treatment the children received, often with cases involving meth, those who are exposed to the chemicals in any way are “decontaminated” which may include showers and disposal of clothing, before entering a hospital and being examined by a physician. Without this decontamination, health care providers, as well as whole hospitals, run the risk of being contaminated.
Many of the chemicals used in making meth can cause chemical burns or damage to the lungs when inhaled. Residences where meth making materials or labs are found are also required, by law, to be condemned or decontaminated before being inhabited.
This incident is under an ongoing investigation by the sheriff’s department and is being investigated by Cpl. T. L. Powell, Lt. S. L. Green and Sgt. C. A. Varian.