Blue Light Cutting Down on Overdoses

As the opioid epidemic picks-up speed across the US, retailers are fighting back aggressively. Who knew they’d be fighting back with blue lights?

A few convenience store chains have installed blue lights in the bathrooms. The blue lights are not for the reason you would suspect or at least it’s not why I thought they were doing it.

I was thinking maybe the blue light was something magical like those “Happy Lights” sold on Amazon.  Not quite. Blue light is all around us but when it’s coming from a blue light bulb – you’re significantly increasing the risk of macular degeneration. It also causes digital eye strain.

Blue lights are designed to make it harder for addicts to find the vain. Although many people suggested that an addict is not going to care about the lighting especially if they’re ‘joesing’ for a fix…this method has significantly cut the number of overdoses in the tester locations.

Even though the blue light tactic is intended to mess-up addicts accuracy  for shooting up, it’s proven to be beneficial to their health because they are not overdosing. As for getting to the end goal – doesn’t matter how we get there as long as fewer people are overdosing in convenience store bathrooms.

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About Allie Beatty

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