Hide your kids! Hide your pets! Here’s everything you need to know about the latest danger to your family, Meth Gators.
1Tennessee Police Are Warning Residents To Stop Flushing Drugs Down The Toilet
The Police department in Loretto County Tennessee is warning residents to stop flushing their drugs down the toilet. Why? Police claim that drugs in the water supply could potentially create “Meth Gators”, or wild alligators high on Methamphetamine. Obviously an unfortunate situation for both for the animals and whoever is unlucky enough to encounter them.
Although Meth Gators have everyone freaked out, other animals that are frequently found near water treatment facilities are also at risk. The drugs could potentially create an army of high mammals, fish and reptiles including, but not limited to, Meth Fish, Meth Ducks, and Meth Geese.
The Loretto Police Department was prompted to release the warning to the public after a recent drug bust. Police caught a suspect trying to flush a sizeable amount of both power Methamphetamine and liquid meth down the toilet.
2High Animals Are Very Dangerous
Unfortunately, police around the world are starting to encounter more and more high animals. Sometimes these animals get high accidentally while living with drug users. For example, a meth-addicted python made headlines in April 2017 after being taken by Police to an animal rehab center in Australia. Other times they are intentionally drugged like the Alabama “Attack Squirrel”.
In June 2019, the Limestone County Sheriff’s Office in Alabama encountered an “Attack Squirrel” while searching an apartment. The squirrel was allegedly fed methamphetamine to keep it aggressive so it would protect the men who lived there.
Animals under the influence of drugs are often “aggressive, confused and erratic” according to Ian Mitchell, senior overseer at the John Morony correctional complex in Australia.
3Drugs In The The Water Supply Are Being Absorbed By Fish And Wildlife
When you flush drugs down the toilet, that water ends up in community water systems. As a result, mammals, fish, and reptiles can get high on flushed methamphetamine and other drugs.
In May 2019, researchers at London’s at King’s College published a shocking study reporting the amount of cocaine, ketamine, and pesticides found in freshwater shrimp around the United Kingdom. The study proves that both drugs and chemicals are in fact being absorbed by creatures that live near water.
4Meth Gators Don’t Actually Exist… Yet
The “Meth Gator” post by the Loretto Police Department was just a warning. No Meth Gators have been observed in the wild… yet. A lot of drugs would have to be flushed into the water system for an animal the size of an alligator to get high from just being in the water. A more likely scenario is for a floating plastic bag of drugs to get accidentally ingested by an alligator. If that were to happen, then we would definitely have a Meth Gator to worry about.
Just Say No To Drugs
We all have enough to worry about. The last thing you want to encounter the next time you take out the trash or play 18 holes on a golf course is a crazy Meth Gator. The best solution for everyone is to just say no to drugs, especially Methamphetamine. But if you have to dispose of your stash, do it properly.