The statement says flushed items end up in retention ponds frequented by ducks and geese. It then warns that if the drugs made it far enough, "we could create meth-gators" in the Tennessee River. In a follow-up post, the department noted that it was using humor to make its point.
Yale ecology professor David K. Skelly says rampaging meth-fueled alligators aren't a real cause for concern but the department does have a point in recommending not to flush drugs. He says fish in rivers all over the U.S. have been affected by chemicals that leave our homes.