May 31, 2018
Moral panic behind useless meth test regime
Deputy Prime Minister Winston Peters says someone must have been asleep at the wheel to allow the development of a phony industry around methamphetamine contamination.
A study by the Prime Minister's Chief Science Advisor Sir Peter Gluckman released found there is no real risk to humans from third-hand exposure to houses where methamphetamine has been consumed.
Sir Peter said there had been a moral panic around cleaning and remediation that only happened in New Zealand, at a cost of hundreds of millions of dollars.
Mr Peters says it’s a devastating finding.
"We’ve wasted all this time and money in the past few years and booted people out of properties and Housing Corporation properties at that and private people have been spending 30, 40, $50,000 trying to clean their place up unnecessarily. It begs the question who was asleep behind the wheel when that happened," he says.
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