There’s a lot of info around about methamphetamine contamination in homes, hotels and motels. We hear about people becoming ill from living in meth-contaminated houses. We’ve received calls from people who believe they are getting ill from living in a place contaminated by meth residue. Typical symptoms like breathing problems, nausea, rashes, headaches, irritability, sleeping problems, fatigue of appetite loss are caused by exposure to methamphetamine residue.
The modern car is like a home to many people and used for almost all things a home can be. Meth use, abuse and manufacture too.
We hear about people being caught making meth in cars. Working meth labs have been blamed for car crashes. A gent in the US was found passed out at a gas station, making meth in the back seat. Meth labs have been found in cars all over the world.
Meth labs are quite often kept highly mobile, in vans etc., to avoid detection by authorities and recreational vehicles, cars, trucks, mobile homes and even caravans are ideal to transport meth lab equipment, chemicals or use as a site to manufacture meth. In addition vehicles also often provide a nice private space to smoke meth.
People who use meth are more-than likely to do so in their cars. Smoking meth leaves a residue that can affect people and pets in buildings. In a place as small as a car it is obvious that residue would deposit in greater quantities. Residue could be present in the air conditioning and ventilation system as well as on the top, upholstery, seats, head liners and other surfaces. It could even be present in places where a person may touch after handling meth like the door and window handles, buttons, etc.
Organisations have strong anti-drug policy, however they sometimes do not back up their policies with regular checks of company vehicles. As an employer, checking of fleet vehicles is one facet of an effective drug detection plan.
For vehicle dealers, preventing a “meth car” from ever getting on to the car yard lot is important. Checking the history of a vehicle through a car meth test service ensures that situation does not arise.
For the prospective owner of a second hand car, we suggest you request a proper meth test report from the dealer selling you the car and/or the current car owner. He may be a friend or relative too; but you never know who’s been smoking meth in his car, when it was borrowed by friends, neighbours or work colleague. And believe me, you sure don’t want to be on the receiving end of the attendant side effects.
It is important to note that methamphetamine is not directly linked to any particular socio-economic class, with evidence of methamphetamine contamination being found in luxury vehicles as well as family cars, recreational vehicles and farm trucks.
In this test, several samples are taken from the property and mixed in one test tube. It is then sent to the lab for testing.
The results will give an accumulative total.
Individual samples are taken in separate tubes and referred to the laboratory for analysis.
The laboratory extracts a specific amount from each individual tube and the results are an average
of the samples taken.
If contamination is present, the laboratory still has the individual samples and can conduct further analysis to provide the exact location and levels of contamination. There is no need for re-attendance of the site.
Since the samples are taken individually, collection takes longer with an increased cost