The conversation surrounding changing tables in restaurants and public restrooms is usually tethered to the lack of them ⏤ especially in the men’s room. This week, however, one mom posted a warning to parents on Facebook about the dangers some public changing tables pose to kids, and it quickly went viral.
In her post, Jessica Wayman called attention to the black marks that appear on lots of changing tables. Turns out, it’s likely residue left from burnt spoons placed there by heroin users. “PSA: 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. See the black marks? Those are from burnt spoons,” Wayman explained. “Addicts use these as tables when they shoot up. There could be residue from heroin/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.” The more you know.
PSA: Before putting your babies anywhere near these things, ALWAYS wipe them down first. Even if you are in a hurry,…
Not only is Wayman is right, it turns out she has first-hand experience with substance abuse. And she wanted to raise awareness of the issue to let unsuspecting parents know that the danger “is very real.”
“I am a recovering addict myself, 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,” she wrote. “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. So again, be cautious.”