In a Facebook post from the Loretto, TN police department, on July 13th, they politely asked that residents NOT flush their drugs down the toilet. This came about as they were serving a warrant and found the suspect flushing his stash and paraphernalia, he was not successful in disposing of it in that way.

The Loretto Police Department put out the request to not flush your drugs (including prescription drugs) as they don't want those chemicals to enter the sewer system, and then potentially be ingested by the animals and birds that sit in their retention ponds, or end up in the river system and float down-stream.

You can check out part of their post:

On a more or less serious note: Folks…please don’t flush your drugs m’kay. When you send something down the sewer pipe it ends up in our retention ponds for processing before it is sent down stream. 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. 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.

Also, if you have any info on drug use and abuse in our community contact us on here or at city hall and we will see what we can do!

Edit/addition: We feel the need to mention that “drugs” also includes prescription pills. These medications can be disposed of at City Hall in a designated disposal container in the lobby.

You read that right, they are warning people about meth-gators. Isn't that how superheroes and villains are made? A bite from a genetically altered animal, insect, bird, reptile? Don't flush your drugs, prevent the spread of meth-addiction to our wildlife and save us from the next supervillain!

On the bright side, we really don't have to worry about meth-gators here in Minnesota....but can you imagine the geese we have around here, that are aggressive already, high on meth?

Sources: Loretto Police Department Facebook page, NBC News