A Louisiana police department announced posted an offer to test meth for the Zika virus. a police chief in Louisiana said the viral Facebook post was meant to draw attention to a nationwide drug epidemic.
On Facebook, the Harahan Police Department wrote, “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.”
They added, “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!”
Harahan Police Chief Tim Walker said Sunday that the post about the "test," which garnered over 5,4000 shares and was criticized as concerning by the mayor of Harahan, was fake and only meant to raise awareness of nationwide drug abuse.
it was reported that no one had contacted the police department for a Zika meth test.
as for the virus, Zika can be spread through mosquito bites, from mother to child, through sexual intercourse, blood transfusion, or in laboratory and healthcare settings.