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Pa. Gas Station Hopes Blue Lights in Bathroom Can Deter Drug Use

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    A gas station bathroom in Pennsylvania is testing blue lights in an effort to fight the opioid epidemic. The blue lights in the bathroom of a Sheetz in New Kensington are a deterrent because they make it difficult for addicts to see their veins. (Published Tuesday, Dec. 5, 2017)

    A 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 New Kensington location as a pilot project.

    Sheetz says it's working with local police on the initiative. Spokesman Nick Ruffner says the lighting is designed to help customers and employees "avoid dangerous situations." He says it's 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 if the unorthodox deterrent works he supports it.

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    Some doctors have their doubts. They say drug users can feel for their veins when they can't see them.

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