Methamphetamine Testing – Hoax or Threat?

Published by Pierre Wong on June 11, 2018

Over the past week there has been a lot of information circling through the media regarding methamphetamine testing. Has the New Zealand public been tricked over the threats on methamphetamine contamination or is the threat still real?

What we know so far

Last week top New Zealand scientist Sir Peter Gluckman exposed that there has never been a case of someone getting sick from third hand meth exposure and that the country had been sucked into mass methamphetamine hysteria. While for many years methamphetamine contamination had been considered to be a serious risk to your health, Gluckman’s report pointed out that this information was widely misinformed and was for the most part, fake news. What Gluckman does state however is that if you believe your house has previously been used as a methamphetamine lab then this would cause concern, and reason for a meth test.

The past approach

It had originally been Housing New Zealand who had adopted a zero tolerance approach, with any tenant living in a property which had meth detected inside of it, being automatically evicted. As a result of this many potential home owners in New Zealand opted to make any house purchase conditional on a meth test. If the result of this meth test was over a certain threshold the property would be considered to be “contaminated”. Many homeowners were also left with a house that was now considered to be contaminated and were left with little choice but to undergo costly repairs.

While for many years methamphetamine contamination had been considered to be a serious risk to your health, Gluckman’s report pointed out that this information was widely misinformed and was for the most part, fake news.

Pierre Wong — WRMK

Where to now?

While we are still feeling the aftershocks of this revelation, and as further information comes to light, if you are looking to purchase a property in the near future, please give me a call or contact your usual WRMK advisor for the latest updates and the best steps for you to ensure a safe living environment for you and your family.

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