Sheetz testing blue lights to deter drug use in restrooms

Westmoreland County Sheetz store tests blue lights to deter heroin users from shooting up in its restrooms

Westmoreland County Sheetz store tests blue lights to deter heroin users from shooting up in its restrooms

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.

Sheetz said Wednesday that is testing blue lights in the restrooms of one of its stores in Westmoreland County. That store, located at 325 Freeport St.in Parnassus, is now the only location with the lights installed. Spokesman Nick Ruffner says the lighting is created to help customers and employees "avoid risky situations".

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.

"This system is being tested at just this store for the time being, and it is too early to see the full results at this time or to discuss any plans to expand this test", he noted.

Westmoreland County has seen a continuous rise in overdose deaths over the past nine years, Triblive.com says. "I am not sure if it is going to have a significant impact, but it is probably worth a try".

The blue tint is meant to make it more hard for heroin users trying to inject the drug in the store's restrooms to see their veins. "It might be an initial distraction, but I really don't think it's going to deter them a whole lot".