Victoria’s most contaminated property for meth
Methamphetamine testing can avoid thousands of dollars in costs
A simple meth residue test has stopped Dean Stratton from buying Victoria’s most contaminated property.
The three-bedroom Tatura property in Victoria’s Goulburn Valley tested positive for ice, with methamphetamine readings 2,280 times above the Australian guideline levels.
Mr Stratton said the fixer-upper was in a quiet residential area near the golf course.
“Fortunately, I discovered the house was previously repossessed by the bank,” Mr Stratton said.
“I immediately put the building and pest inspections on hold and organised a meth test which quickly discovered terrifying amounts of residue throughout the property.
“The house is uninhabitable. It’s criminal a bank is trying to sell a property riddled with meth and ice residue.
“The repercussions are frightening. I would have jeopardised my health and wellbeing, lost my life savings and been left homeless if I had bought the house.”
Crystal methamphetamine is costing Australia an estimated $4.4 billion a year (1), with the number of regular addicts who use ice as their main form of methamphetamine soaring 35 per cent (to 57 per cent) in the past year (2).
To provide peace-of-mind, Smoke Alarm Solutions recently launched a partnership with Meth Screen, so property owners and managers can safeguard their rental properties by screening for ice and methamphetamine residue.
The partnership will see Smoke Alarm Solutions screen properties for residual meth contaminants, absorbed by floorings, walls, ducting and any furnishings or fixtures and determine if a previous tenant or occupant used or manufactured ice.
Smoke Alarm Solutions CEO Cameron Davis said landlords and real estate agents who value their tenants and buyers will adopt meth screening.
“The use of ice is on the rise and a large number of illegal drug labs have been found all over the Victoria, especially in residential areas,” Mr Davis said. “It’s impossible to know the history of a property. A simple meth test could save you thousands of dollars and safeguard the health and wellbeing of your family.”
There are many short-term health effects associated with exposure to meth residue, including headaches, nausea, burning skin, dizziness, breathing difficulty, sleeplessness and behavioural issues.
Long term, prolonged exposure to meth residue also increases the risk of damage to kidneys and liver and birth defects.
Meth Screen Managing Director Ryan Matthews said Australians have been manufacturing and using meth for the past 20 years, with the nation one of the highest users of the drug globally.
“There are thousands of contaminated properties throughout the state, causing serious health issues for the countless Victorians,” Mr Matthews said.
“In extreme cases, decontamination can cost tens of thousands and require removal of carpet, curtains and plaster boards. Furniture and soft furnishings would also need to be destroyed.
“In cases of mild contamination, a property may be decontaminated effectively and quickly, so levels are within the Australian Government guidelines.”
Smoke Alarm Solutions is the largest provider of smoke alarm compliance and maintenance services to the Australian real estate industry.
Meth Screen offers a range of meth screening services, so buyers, investors, property managers and home owners can choose the type of screening that is most appropriate for their situation.
(1) Australian Institute of Criminology
(2) Cracks in the Ice / Australian Government
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