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New Zealand company makes methamphetamine detection alarm

Fuseworks Media
Fuseworks Media

A New Zealand company has developed and patented a world-first device that can detect in airborne chemicals contained in methamphetamine.

The P-Alert methamphetamine Alarm is about the size of a TV remote control that can be placed anywhere inside the house.

The device, which has been assessed by ESR and Telarc, can detect all levels of methamphetamine chemicals in an enclosed area, whether from manufacture or smoking.

It provides an invaluable tool for landlords, rental property managers, hoteliers, moteliers, Airbnbs and anyone else letting out their properties for accommodation.

If chemicals are detected, the P-Alert Alarm immediately activates a silent alarm and sends information about the location and the level of contamination to a designated mobile number.

If the level is high - above a certain level - authorities will be informed. If contamination is low to medium, a report will be sent to the owners and/or managers of the property.

P-Alert Alarm can also provide a monitoring service that will collect and monitor the average daily readings.

Two tamper alarms also signal if the device is covered, removed or damaged in some way, making it virtually impossible to tamper with.

Business Development Manager of P-Alert Alarm Florence Lim says the company developed the alarm because they believe in doing good for the society.

"We have seen so many broken families, innocent children being affected, life wasted and heavy financial losses, all preventable. People of different ages, classes and a wide selection of communities are using methamphetamine - this drug cuts across socio-economic status.

"It’s a major problem for landlords, with many insurance policies placing an obligation on them to be proactive about checking for meth contamination during and between tenancies, which can be difficult. And meth users often don’t match a predictable stereotype.

"In order for us to make a difference, we chose to tackle the problem from its source, by discouraging people from smoking methamphetamine and by consequence reducing the damage this drug is inflicting on our society."

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