Montgomery County Police are investigating a possible meth lab explosion in Gaithersburg. A federal NIST building exploded, which is a government facility also known as the National Institute of Standards and Technology. NIST is an agency within the U.S. Department of Commerce. Investigators found a recipe for manufacturing methamphetamine and some of the ingredients inside the federal lab that exploded.
The man that was treated for multiple burns in the explosion has resigned from the agency. Among the ingredients found in the lab were pseudoephedrine and drain cleaner accompanied by a recipe for manufacturing meth. There was also a blast shield in place where the drug was being cooked which reportedly flew back 25 feet in the explosion.
A high-ranking security official of NIST was found at the scene of the explosion with burns to his arms and hands. After being released from the hospital he has made no official statement regarding the manufacturing of methamphetamine or the exact cause of the explosion. The NIST security official in question has also resigned from the agency.
No charges have been filed by the Montgomery County Police following the release of the NIST officer involved with the alleged meth lab explosion.
Manufacturing methamphetamine is a dangerous process that involves many flammable, volatile chemicals. Since the chemicals are volatile they are often found in the air of the meth lab itself. The slightest mistake in the manufacturing process can result massive explosions, subsequent injuries, and even certain death.
Methamphetamine has devastating effects on those that use it. Once a user has taken the drug it begins to drastically effect the central nervous system by acting as a powerful stimulant that mimics the function of crucial neurotransmitters and hormones. The chemical makeup of methamphetamine has a strong affinity for ephinephrine, norepinephrine, and dopamine receptors in the brain, because it closely resembles these neurotransmitters chemically.
Once the drug begins acting on the dopamine binding sites a stimulation of increased neurotransmitters will evoke the reward pathway in any user of the substance, causing them to want more almost immediately. In other words the onset of methamphetamine addiction is rapid and strong.
When compared to other stimulants, meth has a much stronger affinity for these receptors. Increased affinities for dopamine and epinephrine in any substance are specifically known to cause addiction very easily. You can learn more by contacting the Alcoholism Recovery and Substance Abuse Hotline.