What are the health effects of living in a contaminated property?

 

Living in a Meth contaminated home causes chronic (long term) health problems including an increased risk of developing cancer, damage to the central nervous system, liver and kidney damage, birth defects and miscarriages.

Exposure to low concentrations of Meth residue causes shortness of breath, coughing, chest pains, dizziness, headaches and nausea.


Why test for meth?

 

Prevent your family from living in a Meth contaminated home. Protect them from associated long-term health problems such as increased risk of developing cancer, damage to the central nervous system, kidney damage, liver damage, birth defects and miscarriages.

Save thousands of dollars in remediation and decontamination costs. Test your rental property before and after tenancy, and before investing in any property (commercial, industrial and residential).

Meth Wise will assist you in your due diligence, and give you peace of mind knowing your family, home and investment is safe.


What if the Screening Assessment is positive?

 

Should Meth be detected, we recommend a Detailed Assessment be undertaken by one of our Meth Wise consultants. The Detailed Assessment will identify the magnitude and extent of Meth and pre-cursor residues that exist within the property. We will interpret IANZ laboratory results as compared to New Zealand Standard for the Testing and Decontamination of Methamphetamine-Contaminated Properties NZS8510:2017. If your test results exceed the stated Guideline a Meth Wise consultant will guide you on the next steps for the safe remediation and decontamination of your property.


How do I recognise a meth lab?

 

A Meth Lab or Clandestine (Clan) Lab, uses a variety of over the counter cold, flu and asthma medication containing ephedrine or pseudoephedrine. Household chemicals and pressurized cylinders containing hazardous chemicals such as hydrochloric acid and anhydrous ammonia are also readily used in the manufacturing of methamphetamine.

Characteristic signs of a Meth Lab include:

  • Cold and flu medication containing ephedrine/pseudoephedrine
  • Red or yellow iodine staining
  • Makeshift ventilation
  • Chemical odours
  • Security cameras
  • Drawn curtains or boarded up windows
  • Frequent visitors day and night
  • Coffee filters
  • Funnels
  • Lithium batteries
  • Portable stoves
  • Glassware
  • Tubes

Characteristic chemicals used in a Meth Lab include:

  • Acetone
  • Benzene
  • Toluene
  • Hydrogen peroxide
  • Anhydrous ammonia
  • Iodine
  • Drain cleaner
  • Acids (sulphuric, muriatic, phosphoric)

What is Methamphetamine?

 

Methamphetamine, also known as Meth, “P”, crack or ice is a toxic, powerful and highly addictive stimulant affecting the central nervous system. Meth is one of the most common forms of illicit amphetamines in New Zealand.

Meth can be manufactured or “cooked” anywhere, from a rental home, motel room, kitchen, laundry, garage and even vehicles. The main ingredient is ephedrine or pseudoephedrine. It is estimated that for every kilogram of Meth manufactured, there is on average, seven kilograms of harmful chemical waste contaminating homes, surrounding soils and drinking water.

Meth is a Class A stimulant. Stimulants are the second most used illegal drug in New Zealand (Ministry of Health, 2010).
Source: New Zealand Drug Foundation
Drug Use in New Zealand: 2007/08 New Zealand Alcohol and Drug Use Survey. Ministry of Health. 2010


Looking for more information?

If you wish to refer to the New Zealand Standard for the Testing and Decontamination of Methamphetamine-Contaminated Properties NZS8510:2017. Please click here.