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Frequently asked questions

There are plenty of uncertainties and questions around meth testing. Below are answers to some common questions. If you don’t find what you’re looking for please contact us on 0800 DRUG SMART (378 476) or email info@drugsmart.co.nz

What is the safe methamphetamine contamination level in a home?
The maximum acceptable level of contamination as set out in Standard NZS8510 is 1.5 micrograms per 100cm2 in high-use areas (areas of a property frequently used by people), or 3.8 micrograms per 100cm2 in limited-use areas (i.e roof cavities and crawl spaces).

Why do I have to test for methamphetamine contamination?
When buying a home, it is recommended you test for meth contamination prior to purchase to safe guard your family’s health. You would also avoid facing the cost of decontamination, which can run into tens of thousands of dollars.

If you’re a landlord, testing for meth contamination between tenants helps set a precedent and establishes a “baseline” where you can be certain the property is free from contamination. Testing between tenants might also be part of your landlord insurance policy requirements.

What are the health effects from living in a methamphetamine contaminated property?

Occupying a meth contaminated property can have serious health effects. Long-term exposures to volatile organic compounds (VOCs) may result in liver and kidney damage, neurological problems, respiratory problems and increased risk of cancer.

Even short term exposures can result in symptoms such as:

  • Lack of ability to sleep or even rest
  • Hyperactive behavior becoming a normal state
  • Severe allergic reactions
  • Migraines and headaches
  • Respiratory issues
  • Nausea and dizziness
  • Inability to concentrate for long periods
  • Severely compromised immune system
  • Burns (in some cases rashes) to those areas body parts directly exposed to contaminants

What is the right type of meth test for my situation?

In most cases, we recommend a Screening Assessment first as it is the most affordable and most appropriate for determining if meth contamination is present. If a problem is found, we can discuss how to locate which areas are contaminated and to what extent.

If you suspect or have been told that meth has been smoked or made in your property then a Detailed Assessment may be the better option. A Detailed Assessment provides you with information regarding the level of contamination in every room on the property, including sheds and garages. Our detailed report also includes decontamination recommendations which are used by decontamination companies.

If you’re unsure what type of test fits your situation you can call us on 0800 DRUG SMART (378 476) for a no obligation discussion.