Medicine

Sheetz testing blue lights to cut drug use

Sheetz testing blue lights to cut drug use

Sheetz officials tell the Trib that the blue light makes it more hard for drug users to locate veins to inject drugs into their body.

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. That store, located on 325 Freeport St.in Parnassus, is the only one now using the new lights. Spokesman Nick Ruffner says the lighting is created to help customers and employees "avoid unsafe situations".

He said it's being tested at that store "for the time being". The county had a record 144 confirmed overdose deaths since December 1, with 179 deaths tracing back to November.

But some doctors argue against the plan, saying that drug users can feel for their veins when they can't see them.

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But he said if the unorthodox deterrent is found to work, he supports it.

It is the only Sheetz with the lighting system.

"They'll do drugs everyplace", he told WJAC, an ABC affiliate in Washington. "It might be an initial distraction, but I really don't think it's going to deter them a whole lot".

The new light system was installed in the restrooms of the Freeport Street location in New Kensington, Pennsylvania approximately three months ago, according to a Sheetz spokesperson.


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