Meth residue in homes focus

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A seminar that discussed the presence of methamphetamine residue in Gore properties was held for landlords and property investors last week.
The seminar featured a panel comprising Meth Solutions director Miles Stratford, Aon Insurance Gore branch manager Brian Pitcher, Detective Constable Leigh Waddell and Sheddan Pritchard Law codirector John Sheddan.
The seminar was organised by the Southern Wide Real Estate Gore branch.
Branch manager Mark Wilson said the seminar was prompted by a client who wanted to buy a house requesting a property be tested for the class A drug methamphetamine.
While the real estate team was aware of the possibility of there being methamphetamine residue in properties, it was the first time the company had been asked to test for residue in Gore, Mr Wilson said.
The company decided to hold the seminar for home owners and landlords to raise awareness of the problems associated with meth residue.
‘‘As much as we want to learn about it, our clients will want to learn about it too.’’
About 60 people attended the seminar, which was held last Thursday at the Heartland Hotel Croydon.
Mr Stratford said he started methamphetamine risk management company Meth Solutions four years ago.
He said he had discovered meth residue in a normal-looking property.
‘‘It can be any property, any city, any town,’’ Mr Stratford said.
Methamphetamine use was more prevalent in the North Island than the South Island, he said.
In May, 800 properties throughout New Zealand were tested for methamphetamine, Mr Stratford said.
In the South Island, 35% of properties sampled by Meth Solutions tested positive for methamphetamine, he said.
‘‘You just don’t want it to be in your place,’’ he said.