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About Methamphetamine

Methamphetamine is an illegal, highly addictive stimulant narcotic. Methamphetamine is also known by a variety of ‘street’ names including ice, crystal, crank or glass, and is usually smoked, swallowed, snorted, injected or absorbed. This particular drug is especially dangerous because It is relatively easy to produce using a variety of methods and the materials used are toxic, caustic, corrosive, flammable, and explosive. Properties which have been used to cook methamphetamine, or which have had methamphetamine smoked inside them are at risk of contaminated with these dangerous chemicals. These chemicals will embed on porous surfaces and place the occupants at serious health risk.

What Are The Risks Associated With Meth?

The residue left from cooking and smoking methamphetamine produces a range of hazards detrimental to our health. The Australian government has recommended that no premises has a methamphetamine residue testing above .5μg/100cm². Exposure to methamphetamine residue can be from direct touch, ingesting contaminated foods or through inhalation. Severity of side effects generally relate to the level of contamination, and some associated with methamphetamine contamination include:

  • Migraines, fatigue & depression
  • Mood swings, anger & agitation
  • Disrupted sleep patterns
  • Respiratory problems
  • Asthma & persistent coughing
  • Psychosis & paranoia
  • Cardiac and blood pressure issues