Locals React to Sheetz Using Blue Lights to Deter Drug Use

POTTSVILLE -- A Sheetz in Western Pennsylvania is using blue lights in its bathrooms to deter drug use.

"I think it's kind of weird that you walk inside a bathroom and see blue lights in it," Paul Nguyen of Pottsville said. "But, to each its own, I guess."

A Sheetz in Westmoreland County near Pittsburgh teamed up with local police to install blue lights in their bathrooms. It's a tactic the gas station is trying to prevent drug use in their bathrooms.

A Sheetz spokesperson said these lights can make it difficult for drug addicts to find their veins while they`re inside.

"I thought it was a good idea for them to use blue lights so that won't happen," Tamika Bryan of Pottsville said.

Newswatch16 stopped in at a Sheetz in Pottsville to ask people what they thought of the idea. Some of the people we talked to say they're disappointed that these types of measures have to be taken to combat drug use.

"Some things you, first of all, shouldn't be doing," Bryan said. "Let alone doing it in a public bathroom. That's not right."

A spokesperson from Sheetz said this location is testing out the lights and that they do not know if any other Sheetz will be getting them. Many of the people we spoke with said they don't think these lights are needed in our area.

"I I haven't heard of any issues about it here," Nguyen said. "Especially at Sheetz. So, I think it would deter a lot of customers away especially walking into a bathroom with blue lights.

21 comments

  • Chiappa

    Good idea on these blue lights.

    If a person has migraine or other light-sensitive comorbidities, specific wavelengths of blue light can further aggravate these conditions—causing headaches, migraine attacks, seizures, or generalized light sensitivity.

  • IT

    Pottsville is about ten miles west and 45 miles south of Wilkes-Barre.
    How is this considered “Western Pennsylvania:?

    • darwin

      A Sheetz in Westmoreland County near Pittsburgh teamed up with local police to install blue lights in their bathrooms. It’s a tactic the gas station is trying to prevent drug use in their bathrooms

  • FracingA

    Just hang a noose in the stalls for these dirtbags. Unreal that people put this crap in their bodies. Sheetz is going too far here because a blue light in a restroom is just an inconvenience for us normal humans.

  • bobbin

    The junkies will just feel for their veins. The blue lights wont do a thing. Nice thought tho.
    Better to have increased security.

  • warningfakenews

    Hey, it’s the free market. If the lights offend you, go elsewhere. Otherwise, yes- it makes sense. They ought to post right on the doors to the rest room why the lights are blue.

  • youre all doomed

    Only in PA would you stupid sister loving mountain people rationalize that dope fiends will be detered by a light. Fix is a fix to a junkie, check the parking lot, theyre probably nodding off there too. Morons, lets bring mini casinos to the walking dead dope town so more garbage can come in and destroy the area while making the poor spend all their money and turn to drugs, HMMM WHY HAVENT YOU WOKEN UP YET!?!?

  • NotJoeMaddon

    Thank Allah it’s not black lights or that place would light up like a 70’s disco. RollerRoost4life!1!111!!!!!

  • BERRIOS

    very strange. The street roamers in Pottsville and surrounding dumps could find other places to get their fix!

  • Jack Mcdonald

    Kmart tried this and they went out of business that just shows the regular customers that this goes on there, bad idea!

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