Meth Screening for Rental Houses
METH – Methamphetamine is a drug that can create serious health issues for the user. If the house you are living in has been used by people to manufacture meth, this can create serious health issues for you and your family.
If your house has had heavy use of smoking of meth by past occupants, this can create serious health issues for you and your family. Testing for the presence of Meth is quick easy and relatively inexpensive.
Possible issues living with Methamphetamine residue contamination.
The issue with methamphetamine residue contamination is not restricted to just manufacturing houses or drug dens. The meth residue is toxic. There is a variety in ways this will manifest, especially with young children. Anyone that has allergies will exacerbate those allergies and immune systems become weakened. People may develop a rash as the body attempts to flush the toxin. Respiratory issues are huge, asthmatics really suffer, and young children may become uncontrollable. There is a big issue with children because they may play on the carpet in the loungeroom that transfers the contaminant which creates an issue with sleep patterns and this effects the endocrine system.(hormones) This is responsible for thyroid development and a plethora of other mood issues. The thyroid helps guide the moods, metabolism, and other hormone-based issues. Carpet cleaning between tenants will generally not remove the contaminants. We generally remove carpet and underlay.
Some people say there is no medical proof that the toxins in methamphetamine residue do all these nasty things. With all due respect to the medical fraternity, it took them some 50 years to accept Captain Cook was correct with his answer to scurvy suffered by his sailors. How many sailors suffered or died in the meantime? It took them 8 years to prove Dr Henry was correct about his evidence of the circulatory system of the body. So, while years are spent proving the toxin from methamphetamine residue is harmful, I suggest we act on that which ‘seems apparent’. There is an obvious variable when it comes to toxin levels and each individual’s immune system. Not every person reacts the same to varying levels of toxin.
HOW COMMON IS METHAMPHETAMINE?
Australia has the highest use of methamphetamine in the English-speaking world or indeed almost any other country. According to the 2013 National Drug Strategy Household Survey, about 1.3 million Australians, an astonishing 7 percent of the population, have used methamphetamine and 400,000 (or just over 2 percent of all Australians) have done so in the last 12 months. In comparison, only 0.4 percent of Americans say they have used the drug, according to the 2012 U.S. National Survey on Drug Use and Health. (‘Time.com’)
CLANDESTINE METH LABS
The Illicit Drug Data Report 2015–16, shows that while the number of clandestine laboratories (‘clan labs’) detected nationally continued to decrease this reporting period, Queensland accounted for 40.7 per cent of labs detected across the nation.
“Nationally, around two-thirds of the clan labs detected in 2015–16 were in residential locations, posing significant risks to surrounding communities as they are used to covertly manufacture illicit drugs or their precursors, with many of the chemicals used both hazardous and corrosive in nature.” (ACIC media release – 30 June 2017) The Illicit Drug Data Report 2015–16 is available online at www.acic.gov.au
The numbers of clan (clandestine) labs discovered in Queensland is staggering until you realise those numbers account for approximately 10% of the real number of labs operating in Queensland with 90% remaining undiscovered. News.com.au reports similar news in Victoria: https://www.news.com.au/lifestyle/health/health-problems/victorian-family-discovers-meth-in-walls-of-kids-bedroom-making-them-sick/news-story/b1aced487a7790c92b3acd80ec528262
Please see our PDF for more details: Dunrite Meth Screening PDF