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Blue lights to deter drug users

Blue lighting used to prevent drug addicts from shooting up is becoming increasingly more common in public restrooms in Reykjavík.

Blue lights have been installed in the Emergency Room in Reykjavík hospital, and in the lobby of Sundhöllin, the capital’s central swimming pool. Fréttabladid reports.

Ólafur Thorgeirsson, chief physician at the Emergency Room in Reykjavík, told Fréttabladid that drug addicts find it more difficult to locate veins under the blue light. It is no guarantee, he said, but it helps prevent drug use.

Katrín Irvin, manager at Sundhöllin, said that after the staff had repeatedly found needles in the swimming pool’s bathroom, the blue lights had been installed.

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