Duration of Time in House: 7 years Minimum contamination level: <0.03 ug/100cm2 Maximum contamination level: 1.32 ug/100cm2 Average Contamination level: 0.31 ug/100cm2
Likely Source of Contamination was Use
This case study involved the rental of an urban public housing property by a single adult for a period of 7 years. Within a few weeks of moving into the home the occupant experienced a range of health problems, which persisted when she was in the home. She became suspicious of the presence of contamination in the home after becoming aware that exposure to methamphetamine contamination can result in similar health effects as being experienced. The property was tested for contamination and found to have levels in excess of the relevant guideline. The tenant vacated the property once the results were received by the owner. When the occupant originally moved in, she noted the presence of drug bags and needles hidden in cupboards and under rugs and loose floor tiles, and people would often approach the house looking to buy drugs. There was no evidence or suspicion of manufacture. This suggested the property had a prior history of drug use (and potentially supply) but not manufacture. It is noted that the property is located directly adjacent to a major motorway where elevated levels of noise and vehicle exhaust fumes are also noted to be an issue. The tenant had significant levels of stress during and after discovering the property was contaminated due to the way in which the issue was handled. Some of the health effects were resolved on moving out, however a number of health effects have remained unchanged for years, in particular eye damage and chronic fatigue.
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 single adult 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 with this person, a number of health effects have remained unchanged for years, in particular eye damage and chronic fatigue.
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."