Listen Now: Blue Light Special
Retailers are offering a blue light special, but it has nothing to do with selling their products.
Read Hayes is Director of the Loss Prevention Research Council, a group supported by the retail industry. He says retailers nationwide are testing blue lights in restrooms in order to deter drug use. The owners of convenience stores and supermarkets say people are going into their bathroom stalls and injecting heroin and other drugs.
But the blue lights will make it more difficult for them to see their veins. Researchers say even the most hardcore drug users want to be accurate and make sure the needle goes into the right spot. Hayes says drug use is often linked to violence or theft at the stores, which costs money and customers.
The purpose of the blue light is to force people to find another place to shoot up. But store owners say it’s not all about the bottom line. In some cases people have overdosed and needed medical help.
But because they lock themselves in the restroom they are not discovered until it’s too late.
CBS News Radio national business journalist Brian Banmiller has spent more than 40 years in the news industry, covering business, politics and the economy on television, radio and in print. Currently, his “Banmiller on Business” reports are delivered to an audience of millions nationwide.
Popular Reports, Articles & Videos
Latest CBS Radio Reports