Methamphetamine Screening

Why Screen for Methamphetamine?

If you are purchasing a house or own a rental property we recommend you screen for residual meth contamination which can be absorbed by flooring, wall and ceiling linings ducting and fixtures from previous occupants or tenants. There are health effects associated with living in a former meth lab including headaches, dizziness, skin problems, eye and throat irritation, a persistent cough and sleeping difficulties. *

What does a methamphetamine residue test include?

An accredited methamphetamine residue sampling technician will visit the premises and take 4-6 samples.

Unless more detail is requested usually 3-4 rooms in the property as well as samples from air conditioning units and other high yield areas such as fans and stovetop exhaust fans.

The rapid meth testing gives a near instant positive/negative result, if there is a negative result then no further action is required.

What if we get a positive rapid meth test?

The client will be contacted while the technician is still on site and the results will be discussed. It will then be advised that any room that has a positive rapid test result should then have a NIOSH9111 lab sample performed. This sample can be taken at the time of the initial inspections if the client gives permission and sent to the lab to determine the level of contamination. Results can take 3-7 days and an additional charge will apply depending on the number of areas with a positive result.

Once the laboratory results and the level of meth contamination is known there are two things that can happen next:

  • If the levels of contamination are below 0.5ug/100cm2 then no further action is taken and the reports are sent to the client.
  • If the levels of contamination are above the acceptable standard of 0.5ug/100cm2 in high use areas then a plan for cleaning is required and decontamination using a specialist company may be required depending on the levels. Once the property has been professionally cleaner or decontaminated the property is ready for another laboratory test.

*Flinders University adjunct professor Dr Jackie Wright

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