Flushing Drugs Down The Toilet May Create 'Meth-Gators', Police Warn
Police are worried about aquatic creatures "hyped up on meth", warning of alligators, ducks and geese getting addicted to drugs flushed down toilets.
Police in Tennessee warned that drug users could be creating 'meth gators' by flushing methamphetamine down the toilet -- then seemed to delete their entire Facebook page.
Officers raided a home in the small town of Loretto at the weekend, allegedly finding a suspected drug dealer attempting to flush several grams of meth and other drug paraphernalia down the loo.
The attempt was unsuccessful, police arresting the man and seizing 12 grams of the drug and another 709 millilitres in liquid form. In a Facebook post, police addressed the issue of using the sewer system to dispose of illegal drugs.
"Folks…please don’t flush your drugs m’kay," the since-deleted post read.
"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," the local police force continued.
"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."
Social media users were quick to pick up the semi-serious post with some even suggesting it could work well alongside the 2013 film, Sharknado, or as a football team.
this should be the new mascot for a university down there. think of how terrifying it would be to play the south alabama meth gators. big advantage— Jameson Roper (@jamesonroper) July 15, 2019
Others put their photoshop skills to use as they dramatised the department's post.
Loretto Police Department's entire Facebook account has since been deleted without explanation.
Believe it or not, the police department's comments do have merit, with animals proven to be addicted to the drug in the past. In NSW, an ice-addicted python was seized during a police raid of an ice lab in 2016.
The snake had absorbed the fumes and particles from the air as the ice was manufactured, resulting in the reptile becoming confused, erratic and aggressive.
It was so affected it needed to undergo six weeks of detoxification before it entered rehabilitation, reported the ABC at the time.
Meanwhile, in 2012 the University of Illinois carried out a study on fruit flies exposed to methylamphetamine.
It found that insects exposed would drastically reduce their food intake and increase their physical activity.
According to scientists, starvation was a primary driver of the methylamphetamine-related deaths.
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But of court, meth isn't the only drug affecting wild animals.
In May, UK scientists detected traces of cocaine in 100 percent of shrimp tested across 15 river catchments, 88 percent also contained traces of ketamine.
Professor Nic Bury, a researcher from the University of Suffolk, said the drug impacts on wildlife need more research.
"Such regular occurrence of illicit drugs in wildlife was surprising," Dr Leon Barron from King's College London added.