Methamphetamine Environmental Screening
Methamphetamine is a strong central nervous system stimulant that is mainly used as an illicit recreational drug.
This test is an investigational tool for Local Health Departments to determine if a house or other property is contaminated with methamphetamine. The lab does not certify that a property is clean after remediation.
Environmental Wipe Samples to screen for Methamphetamine contamination will only be accepted from Local Health Departments and other government agencies.
Contact: Amanda Scott 317-921-5580 for sample containers and instructions
- 3” x 3” 12-ply cotton gauze
- Methanol - Gas Chromatography grade
- Cardstock or a Teflon® sheet - Disposable
- 40 ml VOC vial with septum closure
- Latex or Nitrile gloves
Sampling Materials are provided upon request.
- A rigid template (10 cm x 10 cm square cutout) is made from cardstock or Teflon® sheet to ensure that a constant area is wiped. A single-use cardstock or Teflon® sheet is required to eliminate crosscontamination when taking multiple samples.
- A new pair of Latex or Nitrile gloves must be used for each sample to avoid cross-contamination.* The 3” x 3” 12-ply cotton gauze is wetted with Methanol (about 3-5 ml) on-site. Before wiping, squeeze out and discard any excess Methanol from the gauze.
- The testing area (100 cm²) is wiped using either a concentric or side-to-side motion.
- The 3” x 3” 12-ply cotton gauze is then inserted into the provided sample container (40 ml vial).* The sample container is securely capped and kept refrigerated (<6°C). Refrigeration or ice is recommended as soon as possible.
- An unused sample of the Methanol-wetted cotton gauze should be placed in a separate sample container as a Procedural Blank and submitted with every set of samples, along with a completed chain of custody form.
Ship or hand deliver to:
Indiana Department of Health
550 W. 16th Street, Suite B
Indianapolis, In 46202
Results normally are e-mailed to the submitter within 30 days.