MIDAG - Methamphetamine and Other Illicit Drugs Advisory Group

The Methamphetamine and Other Illicit Drugs Advisory Group (MIDAG) is an ALGA special interest group (SIG) which has been established to provide a platform for interested and related professionals to progress and highlight the issue of methamphetamine and other illicit drugs and the wide range of implications which these drugs have on human health and the environment.

 

Some of the key focuses of the SIG are to:

  • Advocate for regulatory reform related to the assessment and management of illicit drugs and their impacts on human health and the built environment;
  • Develop existing and new professional networks to build knowledge and capacity within industry for the appropriate and risk based assessment of sites impacted by illicit drug related activity.
  • Build knowledge and capacity within industry to support the appropriate decontamination and remediation of sites impacted by illicit drug related activity.
  • Advocate for, and support appropriate academic research into the impacts of illicit drug on human health and the built environment, to scientific and professional knowledge and understanding of illicit drug contamination risks.
  • Provide as a reference point for up-to-date scientific knowledge and information on illicit drug impacts and human health risk in the built environment to inform opinion and reporting within the media.

Current Commitee Members:

Miles Stratford (Co-Chair), MethSolutions

Miles is the founder of MethSolutions,  a full service MethRisk Management business helping businesses and individual avoid and manage the risks presented by MethAffected property.  Miles has been involved in the MethRisk Management business for over 7 years.  He is a foundation member of the Auckland Regional Meth Working Group (ARMWG) – an Auckland Council initiative with a vision to eliminate the harm meth causes to society.  He is also a member of the Standards New Zealand committee developing NZS 8150 – Testing and Decontamination of methamphetamine contaminated properties.

Miles believes that the industries which serve the needs of people who find themselves dealing with meth affected properties, need to be better coordinated and improved the harm meth affected properties cause people is to be reduced.  His view is that MIDAG, operating under the ALGA framework, has a great opportunity to catalyse and promote positive development and change.

Jackie Wright, (Co-Chair) bio coming

Billy Royal, bio coming

Graham Corban, Client Service Manager for Hills Laboratories

Graham has more than 25 years’ experience in the New Zealand environmental testing sector and has been involved in methamphetamine testing industry since 2012.  He is a specialist in methamphetamine laboratory analysis, with an in depth knowledge of state-of-the-art analytical techniques for the detection of methamphetamine in properties for investigative and remediation purposes.  As a Client Service Manager for Hill Laboratories, he is a key technical point of contact for the methamphetamine testing industry, and is a member of the Standards New Zealand committee developing NZS 8510 – Testing and decontamination of methamphetamine-contaminated properties.

Emma Miles, Associate , Holland Beckett Lawyers

Emma is an Associate at Tauranga based Holland Beckett Lawyers. Emma works between its offices in Rotorua, Whakatane and Opotiki as part of the litigation team, taking instructions in the areas of Employment, Health & Safety, Relationship Property and Civil Litigation.  Over the past year Emma has been active in the organisation of multiple training seminars for industries affected by meth contaminated properties. Emma is regularly asked to speak at functions and has recently presented for Federated Farmers, advising its farming members. Emma is committed to establishing better standards for meth sampling, testing and decontamination and believes this will result in a more informed society which can only help redress the increasing problems meth is causing.

 

Paul Newell, Chemist & Environmental Scientist

Paul Newell is a chemist and environmental scientist and holds tertiary qualifications in chemistry and environmental science as well as qualifications in forensic investigation and has worked extensively in both the public and private sectors for more than 25 years.

Paul is an expert in the field of clandestine drug manufacture and site remediation, as well as in the management and disposal of chemicals and waste from illicit drug manufacture. Paul is the principal author of the Australian national guideline for the remediation of clandestine drug laboratory sites, a co-author of the ‘United Nations Office of Drugs and Crime’ (UNODC) guideline for safe handling and disposal of chemicals from illicit drug manufacture, and a contributing author to the Western Australia guidelines for assessment and risk management of clandestine drug laboratories.

Paul’s specialist knowledge and hands on experience in forensic chemistry, illicit drug manufacture and the associated public health and environmental impacts stem primarily from his former role as a forensic chemist and intelligence coordinator, having previously worked in Australian Commonwealth law enforcement specifically in the fields of illicit drug manufacture, illicit drug intelligence and precursor diversion, including providing training to State Police units within Australia.

MIDAG enquiries can be directed to ALGA at sigs@landandgroundwater.com

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