Duration of Time in House: 2 years Minimum contamination level: 0.02 ug/100cm2 Maximum contamination level: 4.4 ug/100cm2 Average Contamination level: 0.96 ug/100cm2
Likely Source of Contamination was Use
This case study involved the rental of an urban home by an adult and one child for a period of 2 years. While living in the home, the daughter’s behaviour changed significantly and the cause could not be identified by her family doctor or from teachers from her school (who had also noted the changes in behaviour). Discussions with neighbours about these problems identified that the previous tenants had a history of drug use and drug dealing behaviour. The landlord had to do a number of repairs to the home before renting it out again, however no assessment or remediation of contamination was undertaken. Subsequent testing of the property identified the presence of methamphetamine contamination, after which time the tenants vacated the property.
22 of the 63 participants of this study reported health effects as indicated by levels of contamination reported in the green section of the below chart. This means that the one adult and female child residing in this contaminated property may have suffered: Behavioural Issues, Heachaches, Sleep Disruption, Immune related disorder, Respiratory Issues, Eye issues and Skin irritation.
Note that the child's behaviour changed significantly and the cause could not be identified by her family doctor or from teachers from her school (who had also noted the changes in behaviour).
The study states; "In terms of health effects reported by participants exposed in contaminated properties, these were consistently reported regardless of the source of the methamphetamine contamination. The only key difference in the health effects reported was a higher prevalence of eye and respiratory issues in properties known or suspected to have been contaminated from manufacture."