The different levels reflect the level of health risk from living in a house where someone smoked methamphetamine, and living in a house used to manufacture the drug. Based on the recommendations now provided, the Ministry of Health believes houses which don’t trigger the clean-up levels for methamphetamine are as safe to occupy as any other similar house.
The Ministry of Health believes the new recommendations will help guide clean-up efforts based on an appropriate assessment of risk. The recommendations will now be considered by the committee appointed by Standards NZ to develop the new standard.
In the absence of a guideline for remediating property contaminated by methamphetamine use but not manufacture, these recommendations can be used in the interim. But the recommendations will not pre-empt the standard which is currently being developed.
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