There is a drastic rise in meth labs being detected in our country. In the last 10 years, the number of meth users has tripled in Australia. This means that there is a rise in the places where meth is being manufactured as well. It is imperative to get your house or property tested for passive exposure to methamphetamine.
The residue left from meth consumption or production is seldom visible to the naked eye. Even if you see several stains and filth on the floorings and walls, it can be deceptive to determine the level of contamination from this. To add to this, the contamination caused by meth does not fade with time. They can stay contaminated from prior meth use and production for years.
During the methamphetamine manufacturing process, chemicals are volatilised and deposited onto walls, floors, ceilings, carpets, appliances and household items all through the interior of the inhabited space. On top of that, substances used to make such drugs if not handled properly, have the danger of spilling. Clan lab dangers include the possibility of hazardous chemicals used in the cooking to be dumped down the drains, in the bathrooms or kitchen and contaminate the wastewater system as well.
Meth consumption via smoking is also common. It leaves one-third of the methamphetamine not taken in by the body back into the surroundings. Residue deposited as a result of smoking meth may be lesser in quantity as compared to that of a clandestine lab, but nonetheless, just as harmful for the health. This might lead to systemic absorption of methamphetamine in the body.
There are many health hazards for the occupants due to the presence of these substances and chemicals on their property. There is also a potential liability to future residents and property owners. Some of the health threats caused by passive exposure to meth residue are listed below:
- Experiencing the effects similar to that as felt by meth drug users – anxiety, mood disturbances, insomnia, confusion and violent behaviour.
- Effect on the mental well-being of the person – some of them being as extreme as hallucinations (visual and auditory), paranoia and delusions.
- Difficulty in breathing, headaches, dizziness, irritation of the nose and throat, nausea, and vomiting are also felt by a lot of persons.
- More risky for children – their metabolism while growing up may get altered, apart from behavioural disabilities, significant changes in the brain activity and sleeping patterns.
It is always better to be safe than sorry, especially when such high stakes and severe after-effects are involved. Our family’s health is of paramount importance to us and it should definitely not be affected because of negligence towards meth exposure.
Meth testing services are offered by Bio-Cleanse Pty Ltd so that the passive exposure towards methamphetamine would be one less of a worry. We also provide Meth decontamination and remediation services, in case meth residue is found in your property. Email or call us with your queries. Visit our website for more information on meth testing, decontamination and other biohazard cleaning services.