Sheetz hopes blue lights in bathroom can deter drug use

Leslie Hanson
December 7, 2017

Sheetz, with the support of the New Kensington Police Department, installed blue recessed lighting as a way to fight the drug epidemic rattling the community.

Sheetz officials tell the Trib that the blue light makes it more hard for drug users to locate veins to inject drugs into their body.

A Westmoreland County gas station is testing whether blue lights in bathrooms can discourage drug use by making it hard for people to see their veins.

Spokesman Nick Ruffner says the lighting is also created to help customers and employees "avoid unsafe situations".

Ruffner said no decision has been made by Sheetz about whether to install blue lights in the restrooms of its 563 other stores, several of which are located in Berks County. He says it's being tested at that store "for the time being".

Some businesses are also training their employees in the use of nalaxone, which is a drug that can be administered to reverse most opioid overdoses.

The Tribune Review reports this year the county has had 144 confirmed deaths due to overdose.

Dr. Neil Capretto, medical director at Gateway Rehab, told the website that most heroin addicts are very familiar with where their veins are. "You can find a vein just simply by feeling. 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".

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