Public restrooms are often scrutinized for their cleanliness, yet some problem areas escape notice. One mother has taken to social media to point out the hazards presented by something many of us wouldn’t even recognize. Baby changing tables present the obvious challenges, but it turns out they’re being used for more than dirt diapers.
“Jessica Wayman, 24, who is from Indiana, took to social media to share a seemingly innocent picture showing the children’s changing area,” Daily Mail writes.
The image showed some scuff marks on the table. It could have been that someone had been careless cleaning up after a diaper change, but that wasn’t what the image showed.
Wayman has a history of drug abuse. She recognized the marks as something very dangerous.
“Before putting your babies anywhere near these things, always wipe them down first. Even if you are in a hurry, even if you have a blanket to lay down,” she wrote.
“See the black marks? Those are from burnt spoons. Addicts use these as tables while they shoot up.”
“There could be residue from heroin or meth whatever, and other harmful bodily fluids. If someone doesn’t care about themselves, I can promise you, they aren’t thinking about your kids. Be cautious.”
“All it would take is flakes getting stuck to a blanket, and the baby later putting the blanket in their mouth. Especially with all the Fentanyl out there right now, it takes a tiny amount to kill a full grown adult, it would take even less to kill a tiny baby.”
“Share so this can reach to as many parents, guardians and babysitters as possible. It could mean the difference between life or death or a serious life threatening injury, for a lot of innocent children and unsuspecting parents.”
Some of those who responded to her post accused her of exaggerating the danger, or even lying.
“I am a recovering addict myself,” she responded, “which is why I made this post in the first place, to warn all the unsuspecting parents who would never think something like this when looking at a changing table.”
“Along with people using them as tables while they shoot up, they are also often used by addicts to bust drugs out and crush them up upon.”
“It just hit me when I saw it, that the only people would know about this are addicts or recovering addicts, and I should do my part to warn other parents of the danger.”
The warning seems to be legitimate. The Daily Mail cited the police from Kent, Ohio who had posted a similar warning after they made an arrest in 2017.
“These drugs can be absorbed through the skin, and easily be fatal,” the post read.
“Gas stations and other public restrooms are very common locations for drug transactions, and for administering drugs. Please be very mindful of this for your safety and your kids.”