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New laws to make former SA drug labs safe

AAP logoAAP 5/10/2016

Former drug labs in South Australia will be better decontaminated to protect future residents under new laws, the state government says.

The changes would give extra powers to some SA Health and council workers to ensure properties that have housed drug labs are safe before new residents move in.

The laws also outline a clearer process for how public health authorities should investigate, assess and redeem closed labs.

More than 740 clandestine drug labs were reported in Australia in 2014/15, including 67 in SA.

Health Minister Jack Snelling says toxic chemicals left behind from drug labs pose serious health threats to the community.

"Whether it is in commercial premises, private rental accommodation, public housing or hotels and caravan parks, there are ongoing risks to the public from the chemicals involved in drug manufacturing," he said.

"The new policy and guidelines will protect South Australians from contamination."

The state government will outline the proposed legislation later on Thursday.

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