Do you have crystal meth in your possession? Did you purchase it in Louisiana?
Well then it might be contaminated with the Zika Virus. But don't worry -- police there say they are willing to test your meth for free to make sure.
The Harahan Police Department made this announcement on a Facebook post. They're encouraging anyone who has crystal meth to bring it to their local police department for a free test.
If you're not comfortable going directly to the police station, then you can just simply make a phone call and "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 Facebook post concludes.
The New Orleans Advocate reports Police Chief Tim Walker said no one so far had taken his department up on the offer. He said one of his officers made the post and was intended as an attention-getter.
“There is an opioid and meth problem. It’s all over the country,” Walker told the Advocate.
This is not the first time a police department has made this offer. An Ohio police department made the same Facebook post in May, using almost the exact same wording. However, it added a disclaimer that meth cannot be a host for the virus. An assistant chief told CNN that he had no intention of arresting anyone who took police up on the offer, but rather hoped to steer them toward getting help.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Zika can be spread through mosquito bites, from mother to child, through sexual intercourse, blood transfusion, or in laboratory and healthcare settings.
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