DO NOT FLUSH DRUGS.
What We Know:
- The Loretto Police Department in Tennessee is warning residents about the dangers of flushing methamphetamines down the toilet.
- In a Facebook post, the department stated that they found a man, Andy Perry, attempting to flush methamphetamine down the toilet while they were conducting a search of 112 First Avenue in Loretto.
- The post urged residents not to flush drugs because of the harmful effects the substances could have on the environment. “When you send something down the sewer pipe it ends up in our retention ponds for processing before it is sent downstream. Ducks, Geese, and other fowl frequent our treatment ponds and we shudder to think what one all hyped up on meth would do,” the post said.
- The post also states that flushing the drug could “create meth-gators in Shoal Creek and the Tennessee River down in North Alabama.”
- This may have been an exaggeration. Jim Nesci, a wildlife educator told VICE, “I’ve never heard of such a thing. I would think that by the time it got into the water system, it would get pretty damn diluted.” That’s a relief.
- People took to social media to joke about the statement:
I for one cannot wait for sharknado vs methgators pic.twitter.com/1RwHJPxK5l
— van damme bicep cam (@PublicChaffinch) July 18, 2019
Ride the Meth Gators into Area 51 https://t.co/FFozzsz8dF
— Aaron Pauley (@aaronpauley) July 16, 2019
- However, the other ‘methed up animals’ the post mentions do pose a problem. Last month an Alabama man fed a caged squirrel methamphetamine to keep it aggressive. AL reported the man used the animal as an ‘attack squirrel.’
- The post concludes with, “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.” The post is light-hearted but tackles a serious issue.
Hopefully, the term ‘meth alligator’ is enough to stop people from flushing drugs.