Company warns Perth homeowners of inaccurate DIY meth tests

Steve Ebbs, from Meth Screen, screens for meth in a kitchen. Picture: David Baylis d480678
Steve Ebbs, from Meth Screen, screens for meth in a kitchen. Picture: David Baylis d480678

A COMPANY screening properties across Perth for meth residue is warning homeowners to be wary of do-it-yourself and instant answer testing kits that can give false readings.

Meth Screen chief executive Ryan Matthews said although meth residue in WA homes was a “major issue” that affected buyers, sellers and renters, there was no streamlined screening protocol.

“The community should be wary of using DIY – instant answer – testing kits, which have a history of providing incorrect readings for the presence of meth,” he said.

“In many instances, these kits have stated meth is both present when it is not and vice versa, raising serious questions as to the validity of this screening method.”

Meth Screen has trained technicians, one based at The Vines, who test properties for traces of meth and test the samples at an independent laboratory where it’s determined if the property is contaminated or not.

Mr Matthews said there were thousands of contaminated properties throughout the state, causing serious health issues for the countless West Australians so correct testing of properties was crucial.

“There are many short-term health effects associated with exposure to meth residue, including headaches, nausea, burning skin, dizziness, breathing difficulty, sleeplessness and behavioural issues,” he said.

“Long term prolonged exposure to meth residue also increases the risk of damage to kidneys and liver and birth defects.”