Frequently Asked Questions

What is meth?

Methamphetamine is a strong central nervous system stimulant that is mainly used as a recreational drug. Methamphetamine is a white crystalline drug that people take by snorting it (inhaling through the nose), smoking it or injecting it with a needle or ingesting it.

What are the levels?

The NZ Standards NZS8510:2017 are anything under 1.5µg per for high use areas including garaging or 3.8µg for low use areas like a attics or small crawl spaces.

What is the difference in Field Composite, Laboratory Composite and Individual detailed testing ?

Field Composite – Samples are collected from every room, the samples are then complied together at the Lab to give you an average analysis result and the potential maximum in a single sample.

Laboratory Composite – Samples are collected from every room but they are all kept separately. The lab will take a extraction from each sample taken and compile them into a single test. This will give you an average of all samples but they can later be re-tested individually if the average results are above the NZ Standard.

Individual detailed testing – Individual detailed testing is required when you have found contamination in Field Composite or Laboratory Composite testing or you have knowledge that the property has been used for manufacture of meth or meth use within the property. Multiple samples are taken from each room, these samples are all kept separately. The lab will test each sample individually so the level of contamination can be pin pointed to area of contamination.

Should I test between every tenancy in my rental property?

Absolutely! It is very important to test before you rent the property out!

Continue to test the property when the tenant leaves and before the next tenant moves in. If the property has been contaminated whist the tenant was occupying the property the tenant can then be held liable. However a tenant can seek compensation if you can’t prove the property was clear of Meth prior to their arrival to the property.

Who is responsible for testing a rental property?

Landlords must provide a clean property. Both landlords and tenants should check for any signs of ‘P’ at the property, before they rent a property.

If landlords rent out a property that is contaminated by ‘P’, they are breaching their obligations under the Residential Tenancies Act 1986, as well as other legislation such as the Building Act and the Health Act.

What are the concerns with living in a P house?

Living in a P contaminated house can be dangerous to the occupants, especially infants and children.

It has been reported that P remains in the rooms or houses for years after the use or manufacture of the drug.

Smoking P and cooking meth destroys the property to some extent. Furnishings such as curtains, carpets, and other household items and other possessions may become contaminated with the drug and thus should be discarded to protect the health of people living there.

P is a notorious drug and people who smoke it or manufacture it, potentially leave behind an invisible trap of the drug that can harm anyone who resides in the house for many years to come.

What is in Meth?

The common ingredients of meth —along with where they’re found and their associated dangers— include:

  • Acetone is found in nail polish remover and paint thinner. It’s extremely flammable.
  • Anhydrous Ammonia is found in fertilizer and some cleaners. Mixing it with other chemicals creates a toxic gas.
  • Ephedrine/Pseudoephedrine is found in some cold medicines and diet pills. It can harm the respiratory system, nervous system, and heart in large quantities.
  • Hydrochloic Acid is used to make plastic. It is so corrosive that it can remove rust from steel and is capable of eating away flesh.
  • Lithium is found in batteries. It burns the skin, is highly explosive, and reacts violently with water.
  • Red phosphorus is found on matchboxes, in road flares, and in other explosives. It is highly flammable.
  • Toluene is found in brake fluid. It is so corrosive it can dissolve rubber.
  • Sodium Hydroxide or lye is used to dissolve roadkill. It is corrosive and can also burn skin or cause blindness.
  • Sulfuric Acid is found in drain cleaner or toilet cleaner. It is corrosive and can also burn the skin.

As you can see, every ingredient involved in making meth is dangerous to humans on its own. This means that both making and using meth is incredibly dangerous, to be avoided at all costs.

Will meth affect my health?

Crystal meth can kill you even after just one use, crystal meth can be deadly.

Some of meth’s dangerous effects that can contribute to fatal outcomes may include:

  • Increased body temperature.
  • Increased blood pressure.
  • Increased heart rate.
  • Irregular heart beats.
  • Heart attack.
  • Haemorrhage or vasospasm in the brain.
  • Stroke.
  • Nervous system instability secondary to chronic catecholamine depletion.
  • Air pressure changes in the lung, leading to pneumothorax, lung collapse or other problems.

Even if you’re healthy, you are still vulnerable to sudden death from methamphetamine use. Heart attacks or strokes may occur because of the massive spasms in the arterial walls caused by crystal meth use. You can also die from sudden extreme hyperthermia if your body temperature spikes uncontrollably.

Effects on the Body and Mind

  1. It may kill your sex drive.
  2. You increase your risk of getting sexually transmitted and blood borne diseases.
  3. You may get insomnia. Long-term use of crystal meth may ruin your ability to have healthy sleep habits.
  4. You may look terrible.
    • Skin: Crystal meth can make you hallucinate, to the point where you think bugs are crawling under your skin.
    • Teeth: Crystal meth is so corrosive that when you inhale it, the smoke damages everything it touches – from the inside of the mucosal linings of the mouth to the teeth. If you’re a crystal meth user, you’re very likely to have significant tooth decay and loss.
    • Weight loss: Although you may be intrigued about being able to lose weight easily with crystal meth, don’t try it. It is true that crystal meth speeds up your metabolism and reduces hunger so you may be able to lose weight quickly, but it’s only a temporary weight loss.
  5. Your mental health may decline. Chronic use of crystal meth can cause confusion, moodiness, anxiety and even psychotic symptoms such as delusions, paranoia and hallucination.
  6. You increase your risk of heart disease. This cardiac risk is not even necessarily linked to longer durations of meth use. Sudden cardiac death is a risk even for first-timers.
  7. You increase your risk of early mortality. One study even showed that the five-year rate of all-cause mortality was 26 times higher than expected among women and 6 times higher than expected among men who abused methamphetamine.

Methamphetamine is a strong central nervous system stimulant that is mainly used as a recreational drug. Methamphetamine is a white crystalline drug that people take by snorting it (inhaling through the nose), smoking it or injecting it with a needle or ingesting it.

The NZ Standards NZS8510:2017 are anything under 1.5µg per for high use areas including garaging or 3.8µg for low use areas like a attics or small crawl spaces.

Field Composite – Samples are collected from every room, the samples are then complied together at the Lab to give you an average analysis result and the potential maximum in a single sample.

Laboratory Composite – Samples are collected from every room but they are all kept separately. The lab will take a extraction from each sample taken and compile them into a single test. This will give you an average of all samples but they can later be re-tested individually if the average results are above the NZ Standard.

Individual detailed testing – Individual detailed testing is required when you have found contamination in Field Composite or Laboratory Composite testing or you have knowledge that the property has been used for manufacture of meth or meth use within the property. Multiple samples are taken from each room, these samples are all kept separately. The lab will test each sample individually so the level of contamination can be pin pointed to area of contamination.

Absolutely! It is very important to test before you rent the property out!

Continue to test the property when the tenant leaves and before the next tenant moves in. If the property has been contaminated whist the tenant was occupying the property the tenant can then be held liable. However a tenant can seek compensation if you can’t prove the property was clear of Meth prior to their arrival to the property.

Landlords must provide a clean property. Both landlords and tenants should check for any signs of ‘P’ at the property, before they rent a property.

If landlords rent out a property that is contaminated by ‘P’, they are breaching their obligations under the Residential Tenancies Act 1986, as well as other legislation such as the Building Act and the Health Act.

Living in a P contaminated house can be dangerous to the occupants, especially infants and children.

It has been reported that P remains in the rooms or houses for years after the use or manufacture of the drug.

Smoking P and cooking meth destroys the property to some extent. Furnishings such as curtains, carpets, and other household items and other possessions may become contaminated with the drug and thus should be discarded to protect the health of people living there.

P is a notorious drug and people who smoke it or manufacture it, potentially leave behind an invisible trap of the drug that can harm anyone who resides in the house for many years to come.

The common ingredients of meth —along with where they’re found and their associated dangers— include:

  • Acetone is found in nail polish remover and paint thinner. It’s extremely flammable.
  • Anhydrous Ammonia is found in fertilizer and some cleaners. Mixing it with other chemicals creates a toxic gas.
  • Ephedrine/Pseudoephedrine is found in some cold medicines and diet pills. It can harm the respiratory system, nervous system, and heart in large quantities.
  • Hydrochloic Acid is used to make plastic. It is so corrosive that it can remove rust from steel and is capable of eating away flesh.
  • Lithium is found in batteries. It burns the skin, is highly explosive, and reacts violently with water.
  • Red phosphorus is found on matchboxes, in road flares, and in other explosives. It is highly flammable.
  • Toluene is found in brake fluid. It is so corrosive it can dissolve rubber.
  • Sodium Hydroxide or lye is used to dissolve roadkill. It is corrosive and can also burn skin or cause blindness.
  • Sulfuric Acid is found in drain cleaner or toilet cleaner. It is corrosive and can also burn the skin.

As you can see, every ingredient involved in making meth is dangerous to humans on its own. This means that both making and using meth is incredibly dangerous, to be avoided at all costs.

Crystal meth can kill you even after just one use, crystal meth can be deadly.

Some of meth’s dangerous effects that can contribute to fatal outcomes may include:

  • Increased body temperature.
  • Increased blood pressure.
  • Increased heart rate.
  • Irregular heart beats.
  • Heart attack.
  • Haemorrhage or vasospasm in the brain.
  • Stroke.
  • Nervous system instability secondary to chronic catecholamine depletion.
  • Air pressure changes in the lung, leading to pneumothorax, lung collapse or other problems.

Even if you’re healthy, you are still vulnerable to sudden death from methamphetamine use. Heart attacks or strokes may occur because of the massive spasms in the arterial walls caused by crystal meth use. You can also die from sudden extreme hyperthermia if your body temperature spikes uncontrollably.

  1. It may kill your sex drive.
  2. You increase your risk of getting sexually transmitted and blood borne diseases.
  3. You may get insomnia. Long-term use of crystal meth may ruin your ability to have healthy sleep habits.
  4. You may look terrible.
    • Skin: Crystal meth can make you hallucinate, to the point where you think bugs are crawling under your skin.
    • Teeth: Crystal meth is so corrosive that when you inhale it, the smoke damages everything it touches – from the inside of the mucosal linings of the mouth to the teeth. If you’re a crystal meth user, you’re very likely to have significant tooth decay and loss.
    • Weight loss: Although you may be intrigued about being able to lose weight easily with crystal meth, don’t try it. It is true that crystal meth speeds up your metabolism and reduces hunger so you may be able to lose weight quickly, but it’s only a temporary weight loss.
  5. Your mental health may decline. Chronic use of crystal meth can cause confusion, moodiness, anxiety and even psychotic symptoms such as delusions, paranoia and hallucination.
  6. You increase your risk of heart disease. This cardiac risk is not even necessarily linked to longer durations of meth use. Sudden cardiac death is a risk even for first-timers.
  7. You increase your risk of early mortality. One study even showed that the five-year rate of all-cause mortality was 26 times higher than expected among women and 6 times higher than expected among men who abused methamphetamine.