Police department warns about Zika virus in meth

Wikimedia Commons photo credit United States Drug Enforcement Administration

(WFLA) – A Michigan police department is taking a comical approach to fighting drug problems in its community with the hope of raising awareness.

The Bath Township Police Department posted “Breaking News” to its Facebook page saying they had read online reports about meth that possibly contained the Zika virus.

“We DO NOT want this to happen to you. If you recently bought some meth, you can bring it to the Bath Township Police Department and we can test of for you. Your safety is our #1 priority. Please SHARE so everyone knows,” said the police department in the post.

Of course, the Zika virus has not been found in drugs.

As of Thursday morning, the post has been shared more than 2,000 times and received hundreds of comments.

Many people enjoyed the post. “Omg this is one of the funniest things I have seen in a long time.. May I share??” said Kathryn Bennett.

While others criticized the police department for the post. “My god I can’t believe the police think this is funny. What the hell are they thinking ? They want respect but make fun of people who desperately need help? So many police departments are demonstrating their willingness and ability to help addicts but the bath police department pokes fun? Wow,” said Laurie Shuran Meseroll in a post.

The Bath Township Police Department responded with this:  “We are not attempting to “poke fun” at a national epidemic, but do understand we need to use special measures on social media to address the issue. This post has reached over 133,000 people and we’re sure this has sparked conversation in at least one home affected by substance abuse. That being said, if even one person reaches out after reading this we all win. Thank you for your comment, we appreciate the open dialogue.”

The Bath Township Police Department believes the post was successful because it raised awareness.

“The way our post was made has successfully brought more awareness to the issue of drug addiction and will hopefully bring help to those who need it as we’ve previously stated. We know it will not please everyone who reads it but if we help one person, we have succeeded. Thank you.”

WFLA.com called the Bath Township Police Department and a spokesperson said that as of Thursday morning, no one had stopped by to have their meth tested.

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