Meth Testing

TDDA Meth Detection Services for property owners, buyers, sellers & Landlords

Cold Hard Facts about property meth detection in New Zealand & Australia. High level meth contamination of your home is a very real risk in both New Zealand and Australia today. High level meth contamination of a property is a toxic bombshell which can cause huge health risks, as well as resulting in massive financial and emotional damage.

TDDA can help you manage this risk. The Drug Detection Agency’s (TDDA) Property Methamphetamine Testing Services are designed to ensure that you have the best information available exactly when you need it.

What is Methamphetamine?

Methamphetamine (meth) is a potent, highly addictive stimulant that affects the central nervous system. Also known as meth, ice, ‘P’ and crystal, it take the form of a white, odourless, bitter-tasting crystalline powder. It is a powerful and highly addictive drug.

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The Dangers of Meth in a property

Methamphetamine is often manufactured illegally in New Zealand and Australia. Clandestine drug laboratories (clan labs) can be easily set up in a residential property, commercial property or motel unit, and only require access to running water and a power source. Here “cooks” synthesise methamphetamine from ingredients containing pesudoephedrine. Many of the chemicals used to synthesise methamphetamine are highly corrosive and dangerous.

It is estimated that producing one (1) kilogram of methamphetamine can create up to seven (7) kilograms of toxic by-product (meth pollution) which can contaminate the property with residue containing carcinogens. Even the act of smoking meth in a property produces toxic by-product into the environment.

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FAQ's on property meth testing

Below are some frequently asked questions.  If you have a question that is not mentioned please contact TDDA for help.

Methamphetamine (meth) is a potent, highly addictive stimulant that affects the central nervous system. Also known as meth, ice, ‘P’ and crystal, it take the form of a white, odourless, bitter-tasting crystalline powder. It is a powerful and highly addictive drug.

A property methamphetamine test should be performed prior to the purchase, sale or change in the occupier of a property and will provide valuable baseline information for a number of circumstances including due diligence, bank and/or insurance requirements.

Prior to June 2017 the only relevant guidelines in New Zealand for property meth testing was the Ministry of Health (MoH) Guidelines for the Remediation of Clandestine Methamphetamine Laboratory Sites.

On 30 June 2017 the MoH Guideline was replaced by the NZS 8510:2017 – Testing and decontamination of methamphetamine-contaminated properties. Whilst compliance with the Standard is voluntary, TDDA are committed to working with the industry in achieving compliance with the Standard.

Some of the main points from the Standard are:

  • A cut off of 1.5 mg/100cm2 in high use areas (areas of a property frequently used by people) based on an individual sample
  • A cut off of 3.8 mg/100cm2 in low use areas (i.e roof spaces and crawl spaces) based on an individual sample
  • If the level of meth detected in any one high use area exceeds 1.5 mg/100cm2, professional decontamination is required
  • A requirement to achieve an NZQA qualification to be able to carry out certain sampling (currently no training framework exists to comply with the Standard)
  • A requirement to achieve accreditation to be able to carry out certain sampling
  • A validation process for on site testing devices

In 2011, the Australian Government created the Clandestine Drug Laboratory Remediation Guidelines. Within these guidelines us a chapter on “Site Assessment and Remediation”. Some of the main points are:

  • At least five (5) samples should be taken inside the building
  • Any room occupied by a child under the age of 16 years old should be sampled at least once.
  • Sampling may be achieved through the collection of wipe or swab samples of 100cm2 areas of non-porous surfaces such as mirrors, benchtops, painted walls and metal surfaces.
  • If the suspected drug being manufactured is methyalmphetamine, its concentration should not exceed 0.5ug/100cm2

Laboratory tests, where samples are taken from a number of areas in the house (ideally every room) are the most reliable option.

TDDA hold accreditations for drug testing in both New Zealand and Australia and apply the same high level of service and expertise to our property methamphetamine inspection services. TDDA’s testing can report on very low levels of meth present. Individual swabs are collected from specific, identified areas within the property and sent to an accredited lab for full analysis.

Seek professional advice from accredited organisations that provide meth decontamination services as to contamination risks and any resulting decontamination plan.

Methamphetamine has been the focus of considerable public attention over the last decade. Due to its potential to harm individual users and society, methamphetamine is a high risk drug meaning it attracts the highest penalties for manufacture, trafficking, sale and use.

In addition, possession of the substances used to make it also attracts significant penalties. People caught importing drugs used to make methamphetamine, such as pseudoephedrine, without a license can face prison sentences.

TDDA have different options available depending on your needs and it is vital you get the best information possible. Please contact TDDA to get a tailored quote for your specific need.

Not all property meth testing is created equal. When you deal with TDDA you can be confident you are getting services that offer true national coverage, superior methodology, knowledgeable people who genuinely care about what they do and internationally recognised standards of quality. When it comes to drugs – we are the experts.

If you have a question that is not mentioned please contact TDDA for help

How TDDA Property meth testing services can assist you

TDDA have designed a comprehensive list of meth testing services that will manage and contain your property risk.

The TDDA property meth testing services are specifically designed for:

  • Property owners
  • Potential investors looking to invest in the property market
  • People who have invested in a property and want to maintain a drug free environment
  • Other property including vehicles and caravans.

TDDA’s services are designed to ensure that you don’t purchase a property or have an existing property that is contaminated with methamphetamine residue or other contaminates associated with the manufacture or consumption of methamphetamine.

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TDDA's Meth Testing Services:

Pre-Purchase Testing: To identify if the property has been used for the manufacture of methamphetamine or if high levels of methamphetamine are present before you purchase.

Pre-Occupancy Testing: To establish that a property is free of high levels of methamphetamine residues before a tenant moves in.

Mid-Occupancy Testing: Follow up on the pre-occupancy testing to deter the tenant from using or manufacturing meth.

Customised Tests: To suit a client’s requests or needs (including vehicles, caravans, individual rooms etc).

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Symptoms and effects of Methamphetamine Exposure

While the Police are making every effort to wipe out the manufacture and use of this horrifically addictive drug, methamphetamine, the fact is that the chemicals needed to manufacture this drug are easily obtainable and have many legitimate uses. This makes it extremely difficult to place restrictions on their sale and supply. The manufacturers of the drug move around regularly to avoid detection, and leave in their wake contaminated properties – that are then purchased or rented out to unsuspecting families and landlords.

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Your family's health and safety is paramount.

You need to know what you are exposing your family to. Exposure to P/meth/ice residues can create significant short and long-term health risks. Meth’s toxic vapours permeate the property surfaces and those exposed to these surfaces can ingest the contaminants. Babies and small children exposed to the toxic by-products tend to suffer a higher degree of health issues.

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Symptoms and effects of meth exposure

  • Headaches
  • Watery or burning eyes
  • Nausea
  • Burning skin
  • Coughing or choking
  • Pain in diaphragm
  • Feeling of coldness or weakness
  • Shortness of breath/dizziness
  • Decrease in cognitive function, vertigo and convulsions
  • Cardiovascular problems, including rapid heart rate, irregular heartbeat, and increased blood pressure
  • Hyperthermia (elevated body temperature) and convulsions may occur with methamphetamine overdose, and if not treated immediately, can result in death.
  • Methamphetamine Psychosis; heavy and frequent use can lead to “methamphetamine psychosis” for some people. This condition is characterised by paranoid delusions, hallucinations and bizarre, aggressive or violent behaviour.
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METH FACT SHEET

Your comprehensive guide about TDDA's property meth testing services

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Thanks very much for the meth detection service you provided , it is a pleasure to pay for such a high standard of service. Really appreciated your quick action and quality. The team that came to meet me were extremley friendly and helpful. Having this done has relieved a lot of stress. Again thank you

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