Frequently asked questions
What symptoms should I look out for (to indicate that a property may have been used to smoke or manufacture methamphetamine)?
Headaches, rashes, fatigue, swollen and tingling faces and muscle cramps, tingling lips/skin and feeling nauseous, smell similar to urine or unusual chemical smell.
What indicators should I look for?
Meth Labs can be set up anywhere - in homes or commercial buildings, motel rooms, garden sheds, campervans, and caravans, sleep outs or even car boots. A typical meth lab may include a collection of chemical bottles, glassware, hoses and pressurized cylinders such as fire extinguishers, propane tanks, scuba cylinders and soda gas cylinders. Other indicators include strong smells which may resemble urine or unusual chemical smells such as ether, ammonia, caustic soda or acetone. Ingredients used to manufacture 'P' (methamphetamine) can include, but are not limited to lye, acid, drain cleaner, gas products, lacquer thinners, aluminium foil, batteries, toluene, and flu, cold and sinus medications containing ephedrine and pseudoephedrine. Lithium batteries, coffee filters, cat litter, camp stoves or hot plates, Toluene, drain cleaner or Sulphate fertilizer may also be present.
What should I do if I notice any of these indicators?
Leave the premises and contact us immediately.
What happens if the Lab analysis report comes back NON-NEGATIVE? We can offer a hazard environmental drug residue history report upon your request in best practice, as well as being able to provide a variety of other drug residue tests. Others charge from $499 plus GST or more for this service (testing of three areas within a residential property), however, we are able to SPONSOR this price as we specialize in forensic testing and pass our sponsored support and volume materials discounts on to our clients. For urgent attention, please call 0275 680 661. Should any of these tests indicate a high presence of methamphetamine it is recommended that a further Residue Meth Base_Line Lab Check Contract level indication is conducted at an additional cost per area. On completion of the analysis, you the client will be informed of the results and will receive an environmental Drug Testing Report and a hazard report. The presence of drug residue in the areas screened may not mean that the contamination is present in levels which may pose a health risk to you or your family if below 1.5ug/100cm2. Our checks identify other dangerous chemicals often used in the manufacturing process. We recommend that you follow up a not negative result with further testing.
To book an onsite Residue Meth Base_Line Lab Drug Check Contract Test. Please call 0800 837 846
What are a landlord's obligations?
The Tenancy Tribunal issued its first decision about a rented property contaminated through use as a 'P' lab on 11 June 2004. The Tribunal ruled that renting out contaminated premises is a breach of a landlord's obligation to provide premises in a reasonable state of cleanliness. This obligation is set out in Section 45(1)(a) of the Residential Tenancies Act 1986 (RTA). A tenant should obtain as much information as possible to show whether the property has been used as a 'P' lab. This would include talking to the landlord. If a tenant then wishes to end the tenancy because they believe the premises are contaminated, they can apply to the Tribunal to do so under Section 56 of the RTA. If they want the premises decontaminated, the landlord should be asked to do so - for more advice on requesting that decontamination work is done by a landlord, please contact Tenancy Services. For more information on rental properties used in the manufacture of methamphetamine please visit: http://www.dbh.govt.nz/properties-manufacture
Real Estate Agents may be interested in the REINZ Best Practice Guide to P Labs and Methamphetamine available from The Real Estate Institute of New Zealand
The current NZS8510:2O17 for the remediation of clandestine methamphetamine laboratory sites is available from the Ministry of Health on this page.