Flushing drugs down the toilet can harm water quality, authorities caution.
In addition to polluting future drinking water, the drugs can also impact wildlife — potentially even leading to the creation of "meth-gators," according to one Tennessee police department.
Police in the city of Loretto posted a warning — half serious, half kidding — on Facebook, AL.com reports.
The post came after officers in Loretto, which is about 100 miles southwest of Nashville, said a man tried to flush 12 grams of methamphetamine as they were arresting him over the weekend.
That man, Andy Perry, is now facing several charges, according to AL.com.
In their post, Loretto police say prescription drugs can be just as hazardous to waterways as illegal drugs such as meth.
Here's what they wrote: "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."