Website tracks former meth labs across the country

Posted at 2:55 PM, Apr 07, 2019
and last updated 2019-04-07 15:56:00-04

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) — A website unveiled by the American Addiction Centers will show you if a methamphetamine lab used to be in your neighborhood.

In the Nashville area, homes are often being torn down, or renovated, and new ones are going up. Some people could be living in a place where a meth lab once existed, and not even know it.

John Sullivan said, "That's just not something I would look up, maybe I should?"

Sullivan was walking his dog, Maggie, and he said he's not surprised someone used to cook meth a couple blocks away in Germantown.

Sullivan said, "I don't think it's intrusive, again there's probably a lot of people that would like to know, but being after the fact, I don't know if there's that much value in it."

While some residents are not too keen on the idea, others say they'd definitely use it.

Amber Blossman said, "Something to think about if you're moving to a new area, buying a house, or something, it's a good resource."

Will Pellerin and Amber Blossman checked their East Nashville addresses on the website.

There used to be a meth lab about a mile away from Pellerin's home, and around 3 miles away from Blossman's home.

"I feel pretty good about that, ya know! I live in a safe neighborhood," Blossman said.

We conducted interviews at 5th Avenue North near Monroe Street, and there used to be a meth lab a couple blocks from the intersection.

Blossman said, "I think it's crazier that there's one closer to here and we live in East, so I would think that there would be more over there, but guess you never know!"

Whether you're moving, home searching, or just curious, the website could come in handy in your neighborhood.

If you would like to check it out, click here.

The American Addiction Centers used data from 2007 to 2016 which was provided by the Drug Enforcement Administration.