At least 24 police departments have put out false public health warnings about the possible contamination of drugs.
In Wisconsin, local police posted an advisory on Facebook last week offering to help test people’s meth for coronavirus inside their homes. After being accused of trying to trick people into arrest, the department responded that, “We will take those easy grabs… whenever we can.”
Spreading misinformation about coronavirus, which has killed over 2,800 people so far, puts people’s lives in danger. Some people have suggested that the posts were intended to be taken as a joke, but targeting people suffering from addiction in this way further dehumanizes them. Making light of either of these situations isn’t just irresponsible, it’s unproductive.