(Meredith) – A police department in Louisiana jokingly issued a fake advisory over the weekend, warning meth users that the drug may be “contaminated with the Zika virus.”
The Harahan Police Department posted the message to its official Facebook page on Saturday. It reads:
WARNING: If you have recently purchased meth in any area of Louisiana it may be contaminated with the Zika Virus. Please bring all of it to your local Police Department and they will test it for free.
If you're not comfortable coming to us, an officer will be glad to come to you and test your Meth in the privacy of your home. Please spread the word! We’re available 24/7/365. Be Safe!
The post has since been shared more than 6,000 times, and it’s drawing a mixed reaction online.
“My ex-wife has some and is worried but is too shy to call. Can y'all run by her house?” one person wrote in jest.
“I'm not falling for this one again!!! Wait....” another comment read.
But not everyone found the post funny. Some even suggested it was insensitive.
“I absolutely hate this ... I'm embarrassed but not surprised to see law enforcement behaving in such a childish manner,” one commenter said.
“Haha, this post is funny because your department could have instead organized a real harm reduction program to help members of the community experiencing addiction,” another person wrote.