Dangers of Buying Property with Methamphetamine Contamination
Buying a property that was once used to make methamphetamine or was used by an end-user can have long-term health effects on your health, even more so for the vulnerable such as children and the elderly. Methamphetamine can enter the body by simply touching contaminated surfaces, breathing airborne particles or by consuming food and beverages that have contacted a contaminated surface.
A property may look ordinary from both the outside and inside, however, methamphetamine contamination may have contaminated the walls, ceiling, carpet, insulation or other areas of the property. Methamphetamine contamination can remain in a property for many years after it was used or produced, so it's important to ensure that when you buy a property you identify whether the property has been contaminated to either avoid purchasing the property or to ensure that the property is decontaminated before moving in.
The health effects and symptoms of methamphetamine contamination include:
- Shortness of breath
- Burning skin
- Watery eyes
- Sleep disorders
Failure to clean methamphetamine contamination may lead to cancer, mental disorders, damage to internal organs (particularly kidneys and liver), birth defects, reproductive problems or even death.
Air-Met Scientific stocks MethChek, an easy to use testing kit that can identify surfaces that have been contaminated by methamphetamine. This on-the-spot semi-quantitative assessment kit can be used by simply wiping the area to extract any contaminants before reading the results. It is recommended to test numerous surfaces in different areas of the property to ensure you are provided with the most accurate results, as the presence of contamination can vary depending on the surface and area of a property. MethChek kits are available in single application or packs of 12 for your convenience.
Don't put your families health at risk, a simple MethChek test could protect you and your family from serious health effects and financial loss. Talk to one of our friendly Air-Met staff members by calling 1800 000 744.
Meth Chek/Meth Alert Methamphetamine Field Test Kits
For more information on the dangers of methamphetamine contamination you can visit the following links:
|Meth Smoke Houses - WA Government|
For more information about MethChek Kits, please contact your local Air-Met Scientific office.