Hospital bathrooms can be haven for illegal drug use

May 18, 2017

Standard equipment for security guards at many Boston-area hospitals now includes the powerful opioid overdose-reversing drug naloxone, according to an article on the HCPro website.
 
The public restrooms of healthcare facilities have become prime real estate for those looking for a safer place to shoot up.
 
There are several things hospitals can do to maintain public restrooms that maximize safety for the drug users and the general public. They include:
 
• Keeping restrooms well-lit and clean
• Use stainless steel surfaces
• Minimize cracks and crevices where drugs or paraphernalia could be stashed
• Ensure that doors open outward (so no one can block the door by collapsing in front of it)
• Use locks that are easy to disengage from the outside
 
 
 
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