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Gas station hopes bathroom lighting can deter drug use

Written by The Associated Press | Dec 6, 2017 6:12 PM
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Photo by Scott Detrow/StateImpact Pennsylvania


(New Kensington) -- A western Pennsylvania gas station is testing whether blue lights in bathrooms can discourage drug use by making it difficult for people to see their veins.

The Sheetz gas station chain has installed the lights at its location in New Kensington as a pilot project. A Sheetz spokesman says the company working with local police on the initiative.

Nick Ruffner says the lighting is "designed to help our customers and employees avoid dangerous situations."He says it is being tested at that store "for the time being."

New Kensington resident Nathan Murray Sinicki tells WPXI-TV the bathroom's blue hue is jarring at first. But he says if the unorthodox deterrent is found to work, he supports it.

WJAC-TV reports that 179 people have died from drugs in Westmoreland County so far this year.

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