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A gas station is testing blue lights in bathroom to make drug use harder



HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (WCHS/WVAH) — Customers may be a little shocked walking into a Speedway gas station in Huntington, W.Va.

An eerie blue light cast from the ceiling makes the whole bathroom inside the station look other worldly.

"I knew exactly why they were there,” Dwayne Woods said. “It makes it harder for them to hit veins."

The blue light hides blue veins under the skin making IV drug use much more difficult in the public bathrooms, he said.

Woods knew because his organization, Heroin Hearse, has traveled across the state helping addicts.

"I think every public restroom in Huntington should have this. That's my personal opinion. It's a deterrent," he said.

Woods posted pictures of the bathroom on his Facebook page. It received more than 350 shares on the post with many rebuking the idea of putting blue lights in the bathroom.

Some said people desperate enough to shoot up in a public bathroom will likely find a way, no matter what color the room is.

"Some can do it in the dark. Obviously they can, but I think, and this is just my opinion, that Speedway has done this for the safety of their employees and the general public as well," Woods said.

Speedway's parent company Marathon Petroleum said in a statement it's “testing blue lighting in some of our restrooms as part of our commitment to providing a safe environment for our customers and employees.”

It may not stop the drug epidemic, but it may move users somewhere else.

Woods said his hope for the future is "this epidemic would just disappear. Life, would come back to our town."

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