Concerns Are Raised About the Current Method Of  Testing Via PMCSA Report

A new meth testing report discredits past claims made by the ‘Gluckman’ PMCSA Report. The 2018 PMCSA report was heavily adopted by the New Zealand Government. However, a recent study; Household Contamination with Methamphetamine: Knowledge and Uncertainties by the International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, questions the credibility of the report. Gluckman’s report is not peer-reviewed, therefore not academic literature, so its accuracy and quality have been highlighted. Secondly, the report was published as containing only recommendations, so why has the New Zealand Government acted upon it?  

The Household Contamination with Methamphetamine: Knowledge and Uncertainties report is peer-reviewed and provides the most recent assessment of information about Methamphetamine (P) testing, as of November 2019. It critiques the New Zealand Government’s decision to adopt its procedures towards P contaminated housing based on the PMCSA recommendations. The report also gives a comprehensive evaluation of current measurements of Meth contamination in New Zealand housing and aboard. 

The main concerns around New Zealand approach/standard of Methamphetamine testing were:

  • That PMCSA report suggests it is better that residents are exposed to ‘low levels’* of Methamphetamine contamination than experience unstable public housing situations. (This suggests that social housing schemes would be a disruptive and costly procedure if ‘low levels’ of   Methamphetamine contamination were acted on. The lack of action puts low social-economic families health at a disadvantage yet again).
  • The report suggests that the acceptability of exposing low social-economic families to low levels of Methamphetamine contamination to avoid housing problems is debatable and should be made in light of all available evidence.
  • The investive information around public housing used to ‘support’ PMCSA report are unavailable to the general public.
  • The reports released by the New Zealand Government; from the Ministry of Health, ESR and Standards, are very lengthy and can conflict. Making it likely to create confusion, uncertainty and potential mistrust in support systems for the general public. With the possibility or legal class action in the future (as it has happened with asbestos and glyphosate) 

*Low Level of Methamphetamine contamination: <15 μg/100 cm2

Download the full report here