October 2nd, 2012 13:29 EST
I Accidentally Bought a Meth Lab
Popular campaign on Change.org calls on Freddie Mac to start testing homes for methamphetamine contamination before it sells them
Homeowner claims his family suffered sores, nosebleeds, respiratory distress before discovering contamination
More than 190,000 people in all 50 states have joined a popular campaign on Change.org calling on housing lender Freddie Mac to test each home it sells for contamination with methamphetamines.
Jonathan Hankins started the campaign on Change.org after learning that the home he had purchased from Freddie Mac was used as a clandestine meth lab by previous owners. Hankins says within days of moving in, he, his wife, and 2-year-old child developed symptoms ranging from mouth sores to nosebleeds just weeks after moving in.
"What started out like an episode of Breaking Bad rapidly turned into one of the scariest ordeals my family`s ever had to endure, " said Hankins. It`s shocking that Freddie Mac could get away with selling an environmental hazard to my family, or anyone`s for that matter. "
The United States Drug Enforcement Agency has called the type of contamination Hankins faced a nationwide issue, " and meth lab remediation experts estimate that as many as 2.5 million homes across the United States may be contaminated with methamphetamine and its precursors and byproducts.
Hankins says he hopes to prevent others from suffering the same fate by bringing similar awareness to the dangers of meth contamination as there is around lead contamination.
Now that almost 200,000 people have signed my Change.org petition, I`m hoping for justice for my family, but I also want to help make sure this doesn`t happen to others buying Freddie Mac homes," added Hankins.
Jonathan Hankins is taking a personal trauma and turning it into an opportunity for action for thousands of people across the country, " said William Winters, Senior Campaigner at Change.org. His campaign is a stunning example of how awareness of an issue like methamphetamine contamination can spread quickly through sites like Change.org. "
Live signature totals from Jonathan Hankins` campaign:
Yahoo! News coverage of Jonathan`s campaign: http://news.yahoo.com/blogs/lookout/mystery-illness-solved-family-discovers-home-meth-lab-184815233.html
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Change.org is the world`s fastest-growing platform for social change " growing by nearly two million new members a month, and empowering millions of people to start, join, and win campaigns for social change in their community, city and country.