Sheetz Installs Blue Lighting System In Hopes Of Deterring Drug Use

Modesto Morganelli
Dicembre 7, 2017

A Pennsylvania gas station is testing whether blue lights in bathrooms can discourage drug use by making it hard for people to see their veins. That store, located on 325 Freeport Parnassus, is the only one now using the new lights. Spokesman Nick Ruffner says the lighting is created to help customers and employees "avoid unsafe situations".

One Sheetz store in Westmoreland County has installed a new lighting system in their restrooms in hopes of deterring drug users.

Westmoreland County has seen a continuous rise in overdose deaths over the past nine years, says. And, officials tell the Trib there are no plans to expand the program.

Police in Altoona said they witness overdoses in public restrooms a few times a month, but more often in cars and parking lots.

Gateway Rehab's medical director, Dr. Neil Capretto, said the lights could decrease drug use in the bathrooms. Still, he added that when desperate, most drug users can locate their veins through memory.

"They'll do drugs everyplace", he told WJAC, an ABC affiliate in Washington. "I can understand Sheetz not wanting it to occur and if that drives them away, fine, but I don't think it's going to do it".

The blue tint is meant to make it more hard for heroin users trying to inject the drug in the store's restrooms to see their veins.

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