It’s All in Vein –

JANUARY 15, 2018 -Unfortunately, this new initiative is anything but a kind approach. It is, instead, an attempt to appease neighbors with little compassion for how the actions will impact people who use drugs and those struggling with addiction. The city’s theory is that since blue light makes it difficult for individuals to see their veins, people will not inject there …  In a 2013 study, researchers interviewed 18 people who were either using or had used intravenous drugs about their willingness to inject drugs in public restrooms with blue lights. The study concluded that blue light is not likely to deter intravenous drug use. Instead, it found that it may actually increase injuries related to IV drug use due to individuals’ willingness to inject there despite the limited visibility that blue light creates.
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