"The light system in the restrooms at this New Kensington store (Westmoreland County) is created to help our customers and employees avoid unsafe situations".
A frightening CNN report earlier this year told how librarians were being trained to act as first responders to take over the role of paramedics when handling overdoses.
The blue lights, officials said, can make it hard for IV drug users to see their veins prior to injecting a needle.
A small-town convenience store in Altoona, Pennsylvania, tested out special blue-tinted lights in its bathrooms to discourage drug use, the company said. However, he added, when drug users are in withdrawal and feeling sick, they are very desperate.
But he said if the unorthodox deterrent is found to work, he supports it.
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In years past, the choir had an event titled "The Night Christ Was Born", which featured speeches from community leaders. The donation is believed to be the largest cash donation in a single kettle in the Portland area.
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. "I am not sure if it is going to have a significant impact, but it is probably worth a try".
Tim Phillips, executive director of Westmoreland County's Drug Overdose Task Force, told Triblive that what Sheetz is doing is "commendable", but he doesn't think the blue light system is going to stop people from using drugs.
"The bottom line is, if they're going to shoot dope, it's not going to stop them", Phillips said. I don't think that's the case.
Sheetz said Wednesday that is testing blue lights in the restrooms of one of its stores in Westmoreland County.
It is not clear if any drug users have ever overdosed in their bathrooms but local police say they find as many as two a month dead inside gas stations generally.
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