Redland Bay property's shock methamphetamine residue test result

TESTING UNDER WAY: Drug testing company Meth Screen conducted five tests in the Redlands last year. Photo: Meth Screen

TESTING UNDER WAY: Drug testing company Meth Screen conducted five tests in the Redlands last year. Photo: Meth Screen

A DRUG contamination test has revealed a Redland Bay property contained 102 micrograms of methamphetamine residue, more than 200 times above the acceptable level.

Drug testing company Meth Screen conducted five tests in the Redlands last year which returned positive readings at two homes at Redland Bay.

The second property was almost six times above the acceptable level.

Tests at Mount Cotton, Capalaba and Birkdale properties came back negative.

Across Queensland, Meth Screen tested 179 homes last year, with 97 returning positive readings.

Chief executive officer Ryan Matthews said home owners and tenants usually screened for methamphetamine residue if they suspected a previous occupant was smoking or cooking ice.

"You don't know what goes on behind closed doors or how a property was being used before you and your family moved in," Mr Matthews said.

"Without physical evidence it's almost impossible to determine if drugs were being cooked or smoked."

Mr Matthews said properties were considered to be contaminated if more than 0.5 micrograms of meth residue is detected.

He said that people living in meth contaminated homes were putting their health at risk.

"People who tend to be more sensitive to drug exposure will experience health effects consistent with respiratory problems, eye and skin irritation, sleep disturbance and ADHD type symptoms in children," Mr Matthews said.

In extreme cases, methamphetamine resident decontamination could require the removal of carpet, curtains and plaster boards, costing tens of thousands of dollars.

Other areas that have returned high readings include Jimboomba (800 micrograms), Southport (300 micrograms) and Upper Mount Gravatt (80 micrograms).

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