The Methamphetamine problem in New Zealand
Methamphetamine is an addictive, illegal Class A drug – and it’s a widespread problem in New Zealand. Also known as meth, chalk, ice, P or crystal, it’s used by people of all backgrounds, ages and professions.
Meth is manufactured in makeshift labs, meth labs aren’t always obvious, even to neighbours or visitors and manufacturers are becoming smarter. It’s more difficult than ever to find labs, especially without the correct knowledge and expertise. They can range from the appearance of a professional chemical laboratory to a small purse you can carry and walk around with. Chemicals used to make meth are explosive, toxic, highly flammable and poisonous. Both use and manufacture puts homes at a higher risk of explosions and fires.
The effect of meth contamination on a property can be catastrophic. Not only are the contaminants easily absorbed into building materials, fixtures, fittings and household items, but anyone that comes into contact with the contaminants can ingest meth through their skin or transfer it by touch to their mouth or eyes.
Standards New Zealand has implemented NZS 8510:2017 Testing and decontamination of methamphetamine-contaminated properties. The standard addresses all sources of methamphetamine contamination, and aims to ensure consistency, reliability and competency in activities including screening, sampling, testing, and, where necessary, decontaminating properties and disposing of contaminated materials.
According to the new standard, presence of methamphetamine in high use areas at levels exceeding 1.5microgram/100cm2 and limited-use areas at levels exceeding 3.8microgram/100cm are regarded as contaminated.
Our service ensures that levels will be reduced to the required standard, so you can get your home back to a safe living condition.