Gas station hopes blue lights in bathroom can deter drug use

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. He says it's being tested at that store "for the time being". That store, located on 325 Freeport Parnassus, is the only one now using the new lights. The light system in the restrooms at this New Kensington store is created to help our customers and employees avoid risky situations. And, officials tell the Trib there are no plans to expand the program.

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

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

Not everyone thinks the new lights will do much to deter drug use, according to Triblive. Still, he added that when desperate, most drug users can locate their veins through memory. "I am not sure if it is going to have a significant impact, but it is probably worth a try".

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Customers like Jan Mills Sr. who frequent the convenience store remain skeptical of the lighting system. "I don't think it'll work".

The blue lights, officials said, can make it hard for IV drug users to see their veins prior to injecting a needle.

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