Drug risk lingers in houses

Sunday Herald Sun - - News - NATHAN MAWBY

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.

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