Understanding meth

Methamphetamine, meth or P is a powerful and addictive illegal drug. Your health may be affected if you live in a property where it has been produced or smoked in large quantities. In situations like this it’s a good idea to check out any possible contamination before making an offer.

Summary of important things to know
  • The chance of buying a property where methamphetamine has been produced or smoked in large quantities is very low.

  • However, if you have a strong suspicion (or have been told by police) that a property you’re interested in has been used for methamphetamine production, you may wish to make methamphetamine testing and a satisfactory result a condition of your offer.

  • A property that tests below 15 micrograms per 100cm2 is considered safe to live in with no adverse health effects.

  • If you plan to have a property tested for methamphetamine contamination, be aware that the testing industry isn’t currently regulated in New Zealand.

  • Talk to your lawyer before making an offer on a property if you are concerned that it may be affected.


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