Drug risk lingers in houses
ONE in five Victorian rental properties could be contaminated with dangerous drug residues left by meth smokers.
Testing has revealed even high-end suburbs like Toorak, Elwood and South Melbourne aren’t safe from the toxin.
The finding has prompted calls for testing to be made a part of building inspections, with homebuyers potentially purchasing time bombs that cost tens of thousands of dollars to remediate.
Testing company Meth Screen has revealed that of about 100 tests across Melbourne and regional Victorian cities this year, 70 per cent were positive.
In one example, a Docklands apartment recorded 1800 micrograms of meth, also known as ice, residue per 100sq cm. Lower, but still dangerous levels were found in 10 apartments in Elwood and a Toorak home.
Australian Crime Commission guidelines suggest 0.5 is the maximum safe limit.
Meth Screen chief executive Ryan Matthews estimated 20 per cent of rental homes would have unsafe levels of residue, as well as 10-15 per cent of owner-occupied homes.