‘Meth gators?’ Tennessee police warn against flushing drugs down toilet

Tennessee Police Warn of 'Meth-Gators,' Urge Users Not to Flush Drugs Down Toilet

Tennessee Police Warn of 'Meth-Gators,' Urge Users Not to Flush Drugs Down Toilet

If you're a meth user in Loretto, Tennessee, local law enforcement would very much like for you to stop, and when you do, please don't ditch your stash by flushing it down the toilet.

"When you send something down the sewer pipe it ends up in our retention ponds for processing before it is sent down stream", said a post on the Loretto Police Department Facebook page.

Further, it says if the drugs made it far enough downstream, "we could create meth-gators" in the Tennessee River in north Alabama.

Loretta Police Chief Bobby Joe Killen told ABC News that while there have been no reports of wild animals on drugs in the area, the department made a decision to post the warning after seeing past reports of a squirrel that may have been fed meth in Alabama and a python and other animals that were addicted to meth at an Australian prison.

Health officials have warned flushed pharmaceuticals could eventually reach the drinking water supply.

Police seized 12 grams of methamphetamine, 24 fluid ounces of liquid meth and drug paraphernalia, they said.

Word to the wise: don't flush your meth down the toilet.

Flushing the drugs could harm wildlife, police added. There's another part of me, though, that thinks all of us should take their warning seriously.

They're warning people about "meth-gators".

If you absolutely must have meth (which you absolutely should not), at the very least don't flush your supply down the toilet lest you accidentally create "meth-gators". Andy Perry was booked Saturday into Lawrence County Jail on charges of several drug possession.

Police say they hope residents will properly dispose of all unwanted drugs, including prescription pills.