US Police Department Warns That Flushed Drugs Could Be Creating “Meth-Gators”

Meth gator.

The police department of a small town in Tennessee has posted a warning about the dangers of allowing alligators to consume meth before disappearing off Facebook altogether.

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As CNN reports, the Loretto Police Department made a lengthy post to Facebook after officers allegedly interrupted a suspect attempting to flush meth and meth paraphernalia down the toilet in their home.

Police said flushing the drugs drugs could create Alabama 'meth-gators’ (Facebook)
Pictured: The image the department posted to their Facebook.

In the post, the department warned that meth flushed down a toilet could make it through the treatment process and end up in the mouths of hungry wildlife:

Folks…please don’t flush your drugs m’kay. When you send something down the sewer pipe it ends up in our retention ponds for processing before it is sent down stream. Now our sewer guys take great pride in releasing water that is cleaner than what is in the creek, but they are not really prepared for meth.

Ducks, Geese, and other fowl frequent our treatment ponds and we shudder to think what one all hyped up on meth would do. Furthermore, if it made it far enough we could create meth-gators in Shoal Creek and the Tennessee River down in North Alabama. They’ve had enough methed up animals the past few weeks without our help. So, if you need to dispose of your drugs just give us a call and we will make sure they are disposed of in the proper way.

Oddly enough, at time of writing their Facebook page is currently listed as ‘unavailable’, which is maybe a result of the post going viral or maybe the work of a few alligators who don’t want this community PSA going out.

Meth is not entirely unfamiliar territory for animals: In a 2010 study, scientists gave some to sheep to see if it meth has any effect on what getting shocked with a taser does to your heart. Another study in the same year saw the drug given to snails, to determine what effects it had on their mental function.