Exposure and Risk Associated with Methamphetamine Contamination

Exposure and Risk Associated with Clandestine Amphetamine-Type Stimulant Drug Laboratories


This research project has been undertaken to obtain environmental and biological data to better understand and characterise potential exposures and long-term health risks that may occur as a result of the clandestine manufacture of methamphetamine within residential homes in Australia.

enHealth Guidance on Clandestine Drug Laboratories and Public Health Risks


The purpose of this document is to highlight the potential public health risks associated with chemical contamination from clandestine laboratories (clan labs), in particular former clan labs. The potential risks from methylamphetamine labs are also relevant to contamination derived from the smoking of crystal methylamphetamine.

Advice in Relation to Clandestine Laboratory Clean-up Criteria for Roof Spaces


Due limited short term exposure to adults or older children (teenagers) the remediation criteria presented in the Australian Clandestine Drug Laboratory Remediation Guidelines equal to that set for commercial premises of 10.0μg/100cm2 may be applied to limited access areas such as residential roof spaces or crawl spaces (not living areas), and maybe considered to be adequately protective of health. However It is recommended that a risk assessment protocol is applied to each individual situation.

Methamphetamine Contamination on Environmental Surfaces Caused by Simulated Smoking of Methamphetamine


Previous publications have identified concerns regarding chemical exposures to children living in clandestine methamphetamine labs. Recently, however, concerns regarding exposures to children residing in homes where methamphetamine has been “smoked” have also been recognized. Many children associated with these residences reportedly test positive for methamphetamine. This study was conducted to determine methamphetamine contamination levels in a home where only “smoking” of methamphetamine was conducted. The study involved the simulated “smoking” of several amounts of methamphetamine in a hotel room. The methamphetamine contamination produced could result in a positive drug test for exposed children and may result in exposures above current standards.