Cops are at the apartment door demanding entry. The panicked drug user grabs his stash and sprints to the john. Frantically shaking the powder over the bowl, he hopes the meth gets down the toilet in time. Just as the police bust down the bathroom door, cut to the city’s sewer system. There, lo and behold, a massive alligator, mouth wide open, let’s the drug fused liquid pour down its throat. He’d laugh maniacally except gators don’t laugh. That would just be to unrealistic. We’ll let the drug crazed eyes speak instead.

Frankly, we don’t think a laughing alligator stretches things any further than this story’s topic.  The Loretto, Tennessee police department recently posted a warning to their Facebook page after catching a suspect in the act of flushing their methamphetamine.

So, putting a tongue in cheek spin on the post, they reminded people of the dangers of flushing drugs, chemicals, and the like down the toilet. It is important information. All that stuff ends up in our waterways and, eventually, in our drinking water. Sure, it’s only in trace amounts, but they do add up and could potentially grow to harmful levels.

Will meth head gators be the end result? We doubt it. However, you know the internet. It went viral.

The danger is real

Not that you’ll be attacked by a meth crazed alligator, of course. The danger of methamphetamine, itself, though is another story.

It is legally manufactured and used to treat ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder). It is rarely prescribed and the prescribed doses are far lower than the typical drug user’s.

However, clandestine labs spring up long enough to cook up a batch and then they disappear into the night. This drug is classified by the DEA as a Schedule 2 drug. This classification makes it available legally only through a nonrefillable prescription. Methamphetamine is highly addictive.

Surely, we have proof of that in every city and town in America. Meth heads are everywhere. Their outlandish behavior makes them easily identifiable. If a tweaker is tweaking, phones come out and videos are apt to go as viral as the gator post. They’re funny, except they’re not.

Sad, but true

In reality, the danger of someone overdosing on methamphetamine is very real. Our body develops a tolerance to the drug immediately. That means that the dosage must be upped continually to experience the “high” that the user is seeking.

Users choose this drug because it creates a sense of euphoria accompanied with bursts of energy. However, it also has lasting, long-term effects on the central nervous system, increased heart rate and blood pressure, and damaged blood vessels in the brain. This leads to increased risk of strokes or cardiovascular2 collapse.

Meth naturally decreases the urge to eat so rapid weight loss is a sign of using. Increased talkativeness, twitching, and bad teeth are too.

We don’t have to make a gator the star of the show. We have enough true life horror stories right outside the door.