Introduction to P
P is the street name for a highly addictive drug methamphetamine in New Zealand. It is also known as “meth” and “crystal meth”. It is a drug similar to amphetamine that is used as medicine in treating some diseases. P contamination is creating a severe health problem in New Zealand.
In NZ, meth is available in the form of powder or crystals. The white crystals of meth are highly addictive. It is referred as “P” for “Pure”.
According to National Household Drug Surveys and other Population Surveys, the use of meth peaked in 2001 among 15 to 45 years old people. This was also reported in the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet, 2009.
The first clandestine drug laboratories were established in the 1980s in NZ to produce hash oil and home bake heroine but the first clandestine methamphetamine laboratory (clan meth lab) was discovered in 1996.
With more and more people getting addicted to P, the methamphetamine laboratories and houses are also creating a problem. P contamination refers to spread of the drug and the ingredients to produce the drug in the air, water, and soil. The ingredients used to make the drug are less volatile in nature and pose various health hazards. Thus, P contamination is a serious problem these days in New Zealand.
Methamphetamine can contaminate the household substances, carpets, curtains, walls of the houses and also the plumbing system. The level of P contamination depends on the rate of use of P. If the property was used only to smoke the drug the drug can be found in the soft furnishings like carpets and curtains and other household things. While, if the property was used to cook meth then the walls and plumbing system may also be contaminated.
According to a report from Housing New Zealand, 688 properties were tested positive for meth between June 2015 and May 2016. This shows the risk for the new home buyers.
P Contamination Cleaning or P Decontamination
P contamination cleaning is also known as P decontamination. P decontamination is very important. The ingredients used to prepare meth is less volatile and stick to the surfaces as residues. These are also highly explosive and might catch fire and the entire property might get destroyed.
During P contamination cleaning of any property, the following points should be kept in mind:
- It is very important to determine the severity of the contaminated property. Was the property used as a lab for cooking meth or was it used for personal smoking purposes?
- In any of the above cases, the property should be air out before and after meth clean up.
- All the chemicals and equipments should be removed. The curtains and carpets should also be removed. After removal, the hazardous waste should be disposed of carefully.
- The ventilation system of the property should be cleaned.
- The property should be air out for 3 – 5 days after removing and disposing of the waste.
- If odor or stain still remains in the property, it should be evaluated with the help of a professional.
Following the above guidelines, the property affected with meth or P can be decontaminated but 100% decontamination is not possible.