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Is your heroin infected with COVID-19? Police department in Florida will test drugs free of charge

ATLANTIC BEACH, Fla. - A new program offered by a Florida police department is making waves on social media.

Across the United States, people have been extra cautious with their health and overall exposure after cases of the COVID-19 virus popped up around the nation.

To help "ease" those who purchased illegal drugs in northeast Florida, the Atlantic Beach Police Department shared a PSA on its Facebook page Feb. 28 stating that they will "test" cocaine, meth, heroin or any illegal drugs for coronavirus at their station free of charge.

In the tongue-in-cheek post, the department also states its officers can also perform home visits - allowing them to "test (their) illegal drugs in the privacy of (their) home."

While some may argue that the post should not be taken seriously, the PSA has been reaching out to communities even outside of Atlantic Beach.

The initial Facebook post has been shared more than 1,400 times since it was posted at 2:48 p.m. Feb. 28.

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Anthony Victor Reyes

Anthony Victor Reyes is the lead digital content producer at News 4 Tucson. The award-winning journalist previously worked as a community reporter in Jasper County, Iowa.

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