Hill Laboratories have the capability to test for traces of Methamphetamine from suspected contaminated dwellings (houses/apartment/offices). Swab samples from the dwelling are taken and sent to the laboratory where they are extracted and analysed using LCMSMS (Liquid Chromatography with Tandem Mass Spectrometry Detection). Results greater than 0.5μg/cm2 exceed the New Zealand guideline levels.
Hill Laboratories are working with specialist drug consultants and clean up companies who can do the actual sampling in the field and can help with interpreting the reports.
Frequently Asked Questions:
What is Methamphetamine?
Methamphetamine (Meth) is a member of the amphetamine group of synthetic drugs that have a stimulant effect on a person's central nervous system. In New Zealand the nickname for Meth is P.
What health effects does it have?
Methamphetamine is highly addictive, and there are a wide range of mental and physical effects from using methamphetamine. Exposure to even small amounts of methamphetamine can produce euphoria, increase alertness, paranoia, decreased appetite and increased physical activity. Other effects involving the central nervous system include writhing, jerky body movements, irritability, insomnia, confusion, tremors, anxiety, aggression, hyperthermia and convulsions (National Institute on Drug Abuse 2002).
What happens if I have a property contaminated by meth?
Buildings or dwellings where P has been used or made can become contaminated with harmful chemicals that pose a danger to future occupiers. Properties where the level of Meth contamination is greater than 0.5μg/cm2 remediation is recommended.
As at April 2013, Hill Laboratories are not providing drug testing services direct to the public. All sampling is undertaken by consultants, Hill laboratories do not do any physical sampling.