The people of the Bay Area are known for their devotion to healthy lifestyles. So it only made sense when the Newark, Calif., Police Department, just outside San Francisco, made this generous offer on Facebook last week:

“Is your meth laced with deadly gluten? Not sure? Bring your meth down to the PD and we will test it for you for free!”

Is your meth laced with deadly gluten? Not sure? Bring your meth down to the PD and we will test it for you for free!

Posted by Newark Police Department, California on Thursday, May 4, 2017

This thoughtful gesture by the Newark police did not bring a stampede of health-crazed meth freaks to the front door of the police station. But police departments across the nation did pick up on the possibility and began posting it themselves on Facebook, while the original Newark post has been viewed more than 23.6 million times and attracted more than 8,500 comments, according to its creator, Lt. Chomnan Loth, who is also a patrol commander and SWAT commander in addition to being the Newark department’s Facebook manager.

The post was then used in similar fashion by police departments in Oklahoma, Hawaii, West Virginia, Florida, England and Australia, though none have reported an influx of demand for meth testing. [Spoiler alert: Viewers of “Breaking Bad," or users of common sense, know that wheat, rye and barley products are not used in the making of methamphetamine.]

Loth said he was channel surfing one night last week when he came across an infomercial for a gluten-free diet, followed by a movie about a notorious drug dealer. “I thought, ‘Wouldn’t that be funny if drugs had gluten in them?’,” Loth said. And since the department’s Facebook page is a casual tool to communicate with the 40,000 citizens of Newark, he posted the gluten-testing offer.

Officer Trey Baker, who handles the Facebook page for the Tecumseh, Okla., Police Department, said he saw the Newark post and thought it would be a good approach to “bring awareness in a humorous way of the drug epidemic facing our nation, state and community. At last check we had over 180,000 views of our post, but no one to date has brought in any methamphetamine for ‘testing.'”

“It just went crazy,” Loth said. The post has been shared more than 200,000 times, slightly more than the post about leaving your keys in the ignition or the people who got busted for DWI over the weekend. Loth’s page is informative without being officious, both helpful and fun. “You get people to interact,” he said, “and show them the human side of policing. It gives you a platform to have a conversation back and forth with the police department.” The Newark department has 55 officers, Loth said.

And there could be a fish on the hook for meth testing, he said. “This one lady was going to go for it,” Loth said Tuesday. “It may still happen. Hopefully we’ll get one.”