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Meth Testing News

Kapiti family homeless after buying meth-contaminated house in Waikanae
A Kapiti couple and their two young daughters moved into what they thought was a perfect house. However, now they are homeless after discovering their newly-bought house is contaminated with methamphetamine.
Their plight and others in similar situations have prompted calls for mandatory methamphetamine testing when selling or renting properties, and better real estate guidelines. Read more . . .

P contamination rampant and growing in New Zealand state homes
As many as 600 state homes, including a “small number” in Canterbury, will need P decontamination this year amid claims retirees are now smoking the toxic drug. Housing New Zealand figures show the number of state homes decontaminated for methamphetamine, also known as P, has skyrocketed in the past two years. Read more . . .

Drug-contaminated properties on the increase as 400 Waikato homes tested
Housing New Zealand has promised to take a harder line weeding out home methamphetamine labs as the number of properties which need decontamination increases in the Waikato. Read more . . .

NZ’s meth legacy may affect motels, baches and even cars
Methamphetamine or P contamination of properties has become a major hidden health issue in New Zealand. And it is not simply the pop-up meth labs where cooking has occurred that are the worry. Meth smoking itself will coat any room with its toxic residue. Read more . . .

New home buyers face hidden risk of moving in with methamphetamine
New home buyers may be moving in to houses with hidden poisons because regulations have fallen behind the drug trade. Read more . . .

Horror before and after mugshots show devastating impact of meth addiction on drug users
Dramatic before and after photos of people arrested for becoming drug addicts have been released to warn people of the physical effects on users. Read more . . .

When the Kiwi holiday home becomes a P-lab
Kiwis baches are being contaminated by makeshift methamphetamine laboratories in a practise known among criminals as a “cook-a-batch” holiday. Baches and homes are accessed via popular accommodation booking websites and offenders are utilising the properties as mobile P-labs, coating walls, carpets and other surfaces in noxious chemicals that can cost up to $20,000-$50,000 range to strip and decontaminate. Read more . . .

Major drugs bust
Methamphetamine worth “thousands and thousands” of dollars has been seized by armed police following an inter-regional raid that busted three clandestine labs in the Bay of Plenty. Read more . . .

Six arrests in ongoing meth investigation
More than a dozen search warrants have been executed in Bay of Plenty and Waikato as part of a two-month long police investigation. Police said their operation was aimed at putting a dent in the manufacture and supply of methamphetamine by organised crime groups. Read more . . .

Breaking Bad inspires Kiwi crims
New Zealand criminals are taking inspiration from the hit TV series Breaking Bad by using campervans to cook crystal methamphetamine. Read more . . .

Chews Lane drug finds top $1m
Police say they are not ruling out a link between an alleged P lab at an upmarket Wellington apartment and a similar bust last year as they net yet another million-dollar drugs haul. Read more . . .

P lab next to cop shop
A clandestine methamphetamine laboratory was discovered in an upmarket apartment opposite the Wellington Central Police Station. Read more . . .

P-lab scare clears upmarket complex
A central Wellington city apartment block was evacuated in the early hours of the morning following police concerns that one apartment was suspected of being used as a methamphetamine laboratory. Read more . . .

P lab suspects appear in court
Four people have appeared in court after a drug raid in central Wellington this morning. Read more about the Wellington apartment meth lab . . .

Meth lab mum harmed her kids
Children found at a Christchurch drugs-lab house had signs of chemical exposure, rashes and methamphetamine residue in their hair.
Read more about the harmful effects of methamphetamine exposure on children . . .

Suspected meth lab explodes
A suspected meth lab explosion has hospitalised two people with serious burns. Read more . . .

House WOFs could include P-lab testing
Houses used as P-labs could rival leaky homes as a problem, with a warrant of fitness system needed to reassure buyers, the Real Estate Institute says. Read more about methamphetamine damage to houses . . .

Couple’s home tainted by meth lab
Meth houses could become as big a problem in New Zealand as leaky homes, the real estate institute says. Read more about meth labs in New Zealand . . .