The Dangers of Living in a Former Meth House


Meth testing a home or commercial building is now a common pre purchase request in New Zealand. It is important to know as much as you can about the potential risks of buying a home that was used to manufacture methamphetamine, the main one being damage to the health of any occupants.

The risk of chemical exposure-related injuries depends on the type and concentration of the chemical as well as the route and length of exposure. Chemicals can enter a person’s body through inhalation, injection, or ingestion, and they can be absorbed through the skin. Anyone living in a former meth house faces serious health risks, and they have a higher likelihood of premature death. Here, readers can learn about the meth house signs that indicate a home may have once been a methamphetamine lab, and how meth testing in your local area can identify and confirm any suspicions you have.

Acute Exposure to Chemicals

Acute chemical exposure occurs over a short time, and it can result in severe health effects. Exposure to the contaminants present in a meth lab may cause chest pain, shortness of breath, loss of coordination, dizziness, and burns to the nose, mouth, and eyes.

Minor Symptoms

Some exposures to meth lab chemicals are not as severe. A minor exposure can cause dizziness, fatigue, nausea, and headache. Such symptoms have been seen in those entering a drug house after the police have left but before the home has been ventilated and cleaned. Milder effects can be experienced by any person spending time in a former meth lab.

Corrosive Effects

Skin or inhalation exposure can result from the corrosive substances in a meth lab. These symptoms can range from coughing, chest pain, and shortness of breath to chemical burns on the skin.

Chronic Exposure

Chronic exposure can occur over a prolonged period. There is little information on the chronic health effects of living in a former meth lab. However, evidence from human and animal toxicity studies shows that chemicals used in the manufacture of methamphetamine can cause many adverse health effects such as cancer, brain and liver damage, miscarriage, and birth defects. Methamphetamine testing in is offered throughout New Zealand.

For meth house testing in Christchurch contact Natural Living Homes ( Their professional team can help you determine the nature of any methamphetamine problem and they also offer Christchurch meth contamination test and decontamination services to keep your family safe from any harmful secondhand effects of methamphetamine in your home.


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