Land­lords de­mand ‘P’ tests

Matamata Chronicle - - Front Page - REXINE HAWES

A land­lord who wanted to pro­tect her homes from metham­phetamine, also known as ‘‘P’’, has her­self be­come an in­de­pen­dent tester for the drug on prop­er­ties in Mata­mata.

Re­search by MethSo­lu­tions, to June 2016, shows 39 per cent of 6754 Waikato prop­er­ties sam­pled for metham­phetamine are re­turn­ing with a pos­i­tive re­sult.

Mata­mata res­i­dent An­drea Tar­rant is an in­de­pen­dent metham­phetamine tester for MethSo­lu­tions.

She be­came in­ter­ested in the job as a method to pro­tect her own in­vest­ment prop­er­ties.

And she’s found that in Mata­mata there is now high de­mand for peo­ple with the skills to test prop­er­ties for metham­phetamine.

‘‘Mata­mata is quite busy at the mo­ment and it’s very much driven by the prop­erty mar­ket, be­cause peo­ple are be­com­ing aware when they are buy­ing a house that you need to test.

‘‘We now test all our own rental prop­er­ties.’’

MethSo­lu­tions of­fers a test which gives an in­di­ca­tion only of how sig­nif­i­cant the lev­els of metham­phetamine in a house are.

They will also show lev­els of the pre­cur­sor chem­i­cals am­phet­a­mine, ephedrine and pseudo ephedrine. The Min­istry of Health ac­cept­able level is 0.5 μg (mi­cro grams) per 100sqcm (10×10 cm2).

Tar­rant sends the swab to Hill Lab­o­ra­to­ries, which passes the re­sults to MethSo­lu­tions. She will not see the re­sults her­self.

Tar­rant says there is a cer­tain amount of de­nial that small ru­ral towns don’t have a metham­phetamine prob­lem.

But she says home own­ers and prop­erty buy­ers need to be vig­i­lant when it comes to pro­tect­ing their homes against P.

‘‘You can’t rely on the fact that great peo­ple have lived there for 50 years.

‘‘There are ex­am­ples of where adult chil­dren or vis­i­tors have stayed in the fam­ily home, and they have been smok­ing metham­phetamine and those rooms have been con­tam­i­nated.’’

Tar­rant says metham­phetamine smoke doesn’t emit a telling smell and the residue and con­tam­i­na­tion leaves no strong in­di­ca­tors.

‘‘If you have re­cently moved into a home, and sud­denly you or mem­bers of your fam­ily are get­ting headaches, itchy skin, or asthma, it could be a sign the house was once used as a meth lab, or has sig­nif­i­cant residue.’’

An­drea Tar­rant tests prop­er­ties for ‘P’

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