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Tue Jul 16, 2019, 04:39 PM

Meth-gators: Tennessee Police ask residents to stop flushing drugs down the toilet

Over the weekend, police in Tennessee asked locals not to flush their drugs down the toilet for fear of turning alligators into "meth-gators."

After officers witnessed a suspect try and dispose of methamphetamine in a lavatory, the Loretto Police Department warned residents on social media that such actions could create "methed up animals," CNN reported.

Police shared the advice on Facebook, writing: "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."

Police said they can destroy any drugs safely—without putting critters at risk.

Scientists think that drugs flushed down the toilet could be making their way into the environment and affecting animal populations, The Guardian previously noted.

At: https://www.newsweek.com/meth-toilets-drugs-alligators-ducks-geese-science-police-1449409

Tennessee alligators: A real meth?

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sandensea Jul 2019 OP
hlthe2b Jul 2019 #1
sandensea Jul 2019 #2
orangecrush Jul 2019 #3
sandensea Jul 2019 #6
shraby Jul 2019 #4
YOHABLO Jul 2019 #5
Haggis for Breakfast Jul 2019 #8
Jim__ Jul 2019 #7
Go Vols Jul 2019 #9
Go Vols Jul 2019 #10

Response to sandensea (Original post)

Tue Jul 16, 2019, 04:49 PM

1. well, they have a point about wildlife and hormones/drugs that contain endocrine disruptors..

While I know alligators have started moving up and may well be in Southern Tennesse, I somehow doubt that is a big issue.


For frogs, maybe.

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Response to hlthe2b (Reply #1)

Tue Jul 16, 2019, 04:52 PM

2. This much we can say: I think we know what the next schlock film will be called.

And of course the sequel. Meth-gator II: Methier than ever.

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Response to sandensea (Original post)

Tue Jul 16, 2019, 04:55 PM

3. A meth-ti-gation is called for!

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Response to orangecrush (Reply #3)

Tue Jul 16, 2019, 04:59 PM

6. What a meth.

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Response to sandensea (Original post)

Tue Jul 16, 2019, 04:56 PM

4. Is this a sting operation for the mentally challenged?

Police said they can destroy any drugs safely—without putting critters at risk.

Are they expecting that unsuspecting meth makers who made a bad batch to turn it in to dispose of it?

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Response to sandensea (Original post)

Tue Jul 16, 2019, 04:57 PM

5. Is there that much meth out there that it's effecting our natural water ways?

What shit show this has become. We're not protected from anything now.

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Response to YOHABLO (Reply #5)

Tue Jul 16, 2019, 08:30 PM

8. In a word, yes.

Recently read a study that said that all of our inland water ways (rivers, lakes, canals, inter-coastals, etc.) have tested positive for a wide array of drugs, both legal (as in people flushing expired prescription meds) to illegal, street drugs. I don't even want to think of what we are incubating in places like The Everglades, Lake Okeechobee, etc.

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Response to sandensea (Original post)

Tue Jul 16, 2019, 05:11 PM

7. Would the police consider cutting back on their drug raids?

I sympathize with any alligators that are exposed to meth. But, if I were facing a long time in prison if the police found my stash; that would probably outweigh my concern for the gators.

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Response to Jim__ (Reply #7)

Tue Jul 16, 2019, 10:56 PM

9. +1000

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Response to sandensea (Original post)

Tue Jul 16, 2019, 10:57 PM

10. Last I checked

gators in only 5 counties in Tenn.

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