Clandestine Drug Laboratories and Public Health Risks
Dr Jackie Wright, an Adjunct Researcher at Flinders University, has been studying the impacts and risks of second-hand exposure to methamphetamine.
"From both manufacture and use, those drug residues deposit and stick to all of the hard surfaces in the property," Dr Wright said.
"But they also penetrate all the soft things, so furnishings, carpets and curtains.
"The residue then hangs around for years which means we can actually come into contact with them and absorb that drug into our body."
Dr Wright said the drug can have serious consequences on health and can alter behaviour in children.
"So whenever you're in the house, you're exposed and it's getting in your body," she said.
"What we're seeing is effects such as headaches, persistent coughs, increased susceptibility to coughs, colds and infections, eye irritations, skin rashes, trouble sleeping for kids, and vivid dreams.
"We also find some of the kids have behavioural changes, they're inattentive or some kids become more aggressive in those particular properties."
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