What is methamphetamine?

Methamphetamine or as its commonly known P, is a clear, crystal like substance that comes in many forms. It can be swallowed, injected or most commonly smoked in a pipe. The drug is a highly addictive stimulant which floods the user with high levels of dopamine. Because methamphetamine can be manufactured fairly easily, the amount of methamphetamine use and manufacturing in New Zealand has increased. Methamphetamine is having a major impact on individuals, families and communities throughout New Zealand. Methamphetamine contamination can result in significant costs for property owners having to pay for testing, decontamination and reinstatement of these contaminated houses.  

Is it dangerous to live in a methamphetamine contaminated property?

The risk of living in a methamphetamine contaminated property can vary depending on whether the property has been used to manufacture the drug, or whether people have smoked the drug in the property.

Materials used to manufacture methamphetamine are poisonous, flammable and can be explosive. These chemicals leave a toxic residue which people can be exposed to. These can affect their heart, lungs & skin. Symptoms can include headaches, watery or burning eyes, nausea, burning skin, pain in diaphragm, feeling of coldness or weakness, vertigo, shortness of breath, convulsions, decrease in cognitive function, sleep disorders and dizziness.

Methamphetamine residues caused from third hand exposure, can be absorbed through the skin. Most healthy adults can process the chemical, but children, the elderly and immunocompromised persons can be at risk. Methamphetamine exposure has been seen to cause sinus headaches, nose bleeds, mouth sores and making breathing difficult.

What can do you if you suspect a property you might be purchasing, renting out or even your own home has been used for either the manufacture or smoking of methamphetamine?

We can help you. We offer an initial screening assessment which involves taking individual samples throughout the property. These are then analysed together as a composite which will tell us if the presence of methamphetamine was detected. The laboratory will also indicate a maximum theoretical result, which will indicate the worst-case scenario for one sample, assuming all others were zero.

Up to 10 samples are typically taken per composite, however for large properties more than 10 samples maybe required.

Our screening samplers are NZQA qualified and all screening assessments are done in accordance with the New Zealand Standard; testing and decontamination of methamphetamine-contaminated properties (NZS 8510:2017). All samples are analysed by an IANZ accredited laboratory.

Pricing starts at $240 + GST for properties in the Manawatu & Horowhenua region.