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FAQs

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Methamphetamine (meth) is a synthetic stimulant drug and a type of amphetamine-type stimulant that is illegal in all Australian jurisdictions. Methamphetamine comes in several forms, including tablet, powder, crystal and oil. The most commonly available form in Australia is crystalline (‘ice’) followed by powder (‘speed’)

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The chemicals and equipment used in clandestine laboratories manufacturing methamphetamine and the toxic gases produced are extremely dangerous and pose severe health risks, not only to the occupants of the premises, but also to local residents and emergency personnel.

It is estimated that a clandestine laboratory manufacturing methamphetamine generates up to 10 kilograms of hazardous and toxic waste for each kilogram of pure methamphetamine produced.(The Australian Methamphetamine Market: The National Picture – The Australian Crime Commission)

The chemicals leach into your walls, carpets, furniture, air-conditioning.

Some of the health issues associated with residing in a meth contaminated property include: 

  • Respiratory problems – especially those suffering from asthma.
  • Behaviour problems – in young children.
  • Sleep pattern changes – in children.
  • Increased susceptibility to illness.
  • Eye and skin irritation.
  • Headaches
  • Nausea

Contamination does not only occur during the manufacturing process but can also happen as a result of regular use in an area of a house or vehicle.

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Would you buy a house, car or boat knowing that it was meth contaminated?

Would you rent a property knowing that the previous tenants had cooked/used meth?

Would you risk you and your family’s Health?

Would you want to be responsible for spending tens of thousands of dollars on a decontamination clean or in extreme cases having your home demolished?

If you answered NO to any of these questions then we can “detect to protect” you and your family’s finances and health by conducting surface testing.

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We provide a discrete service to test for trace residue from over ten illegal drug types, including methamphetamine and several of the precursor compounds used in the manufacture of meth.

We use a control sample then use individual test kits for each room of the property to provide the best chance of detecting if there is any drug residue present. Common areas of testing include:

  • Kitchen
  • Lounge and dining areas
  • All bedrooms
  • Laundry, bathrooms and toilets
  • Garage
  • Sheds and workshops

Should you have concerns regarding a family member or work college we can also conduct surface testing on work stations, mobile phones, school bags and clothing.

We can quickly and accurately detect and identify substances and determine the areas of the property that has been tested. Our testing can instantly detect drug residue in quantities as little as 1 microgram per square millimetre.

We then prepare and send you a detailed report with test results and photographs outlining the details of our findings.

Would you rent a property knowing that the previous tenants had cooked/used meth?

Would you risk you and your family’s Health?

Would you want to be responsible for spending tens of thousands of dollars on a decontamination clean or in extreme cases having your home demolished?

If you answered NO to any of these questions then we can “detect to protect” you and your family’s finances and health by conducting surface testing.

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We will call you from on site and advise you that we have detected a positive test.

At this point, at your direction, we recommend that we undertake a secondary test that we send off to the lab to analyse and report to establish if the level of contamination is above the Clandestine Drug Laboratory Remediation Guidelines.

The Clandestine Drug Laboratory Remediation Guidelines state:

  • “Surfaces contaminated with meth at a level greater than
    0.5 micrograms/100 sq cm are considered unacceptable“
  • Definition of contaminated: To make (something) impure by exposure to or addition of a poisonous or polluting substance.
  • Definition of unacceptable: Not satisfactory or allowable.
  • If a home is contaminated with a substance, at a level that is unacceptable, then surely that
    home should be considered to be uninhabitable.
  • Definition of uninhabitable: Not suitable to live in.

We will provide you a copy of this report.

Should the Lab analysis results come back as at a level greater than 0.5 micrograms/100 sq cm then we can advise in the next step of the process which may involve remediation or decontamination by providing the details of several reputable meth lab cleaning companies that will walk you through the recommended clean-up process.

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  • Methamphetamine
  • Chemicals used in the manufacture of methamphetamine
  • Ecstasy (MDMA)
  • Marijuana/hashish
  • Amphetamine
  • PCP
  • Heroin
  • Opiates
  • LSD
  • Ketamine

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