Reader sur­prised by re­stroom dis­cov­ery

The Compass - - EDITORIAL -

If any­one had a cam­era on my face a couple of weeks ago when I went to the re­stroom at a ser­vice sta­tion on the out­skirts of St. John’s, they would have made a for­tune.

I was shocked, trou­bled, dis­mayed, all of the above. There on the wall was a used nee­dle re­cep­ta­cle; just like the ones in the hos­pi­tals.

When I asked the cashier about this, she said she’d seen re­cep­ta­cles like theirs in other ser­vice sta­tions around town too, pri­mar­ily for drug users.

Dear God, has this be­come our nor­mal? I asked a young man to check out the men’s re­stroom and he said there was one there as well.

What’s go­ing on? Who puts th­ese re­cep­ta­cles there? Are they mon­i­tored? Who, what where, when, why? W5 TV show could use a pro­gram on this.

What has the world come to? God guard thee New­found­land and Labrador.

Joy French-Coleman writes from Har­bour Grace

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