Methamphetamine (Meth) Testing

Methamphetamine (meth) is a member of the amphetamine group of synthetic drugs that have a stimulant effect on a person's central nervous system. In New Zealand the nickname for Meth is P.


Buildings or dwellings where Meth has been used or made can become contaminated with harmful chemicals that pose a health risk to future occupiers. New limits and levels of Meth contamination have recently been introduced, which suggests that if the levels of contamination in a property are over a certain amount, decontamination or remediation must take place. Sound confusing? We can explain it further!


Potential Health Issues from Meth

Some health issues that may be attributed to living in a home that is contaminated by methamphetamine include:

  • Headaches

  • Watery or burning eyes

  • Nausea

  • Burning skin

  • Coughing or choking

  • Pain in diaphragm

  • Feelings of coldness or weakness

  • Shortness of breath/dizziness

  • Decrease in cognitive function

  • Vertigo

  • Convulsions

  • Sleep disorders


Why should I get a Meth test?

It can cost thousands of dollars to properly decontaminate a methamphetamine-contaminated home.

Screening tests can be carried out to check if contamination is present at a property. It is preferable to test for contamination prior to buying a home, however, testing can happen at any time, especially if you suspect your home may be contaminated. If you own a rental property, it is recommended that you undertake methamphetamine each time a tenant vacates the property.


How do I get a Meth test done?

The Ministry of Health guidelines specify that professionals who assess and test a property must operate independently of commercial decontamination (clean-up) companies. QSPlus don't offer clean-up services for Meth contaminated homes and are therefore totally independent when they conduct testing for methamphetamine.


Homeowners should employ contractors who are qualified in testing for methamphetamine; DIY kits are unreliable. At QSPlus, we are fully qualified (and insured) through MMC Narcotics International to perform methamphetamine testings, and use professional testing kits to ensure you get an accurate result.


Need meth testing explained further, or want to book a Meth test? Get in touch - hello@qsplus.co.nz

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