York Pennsylvania: “Martin Library Closes Public Restrooms Amid Signs of Drug Use There”
In another symptom of Pennsylvania’s opioid crisis, Martin Library has shuttered its public restrooms, partly due to drug activity there.
York County Library President Robert Lambert said library staff saw evidence of drug use in the restrooms, such as hypodermic needles in the toilets and drug paraphernalia hidden in the drop ceiling.
To be clear, the public restrooms also were having some plumbing issues, Lambert said. The plumbing problems, combined with concerns over public safety, led the library located on East Market Street in York to close the restrooms in June.
Lambert said he consulted with lawyers and learned that the library is not legally required to have restrooms. However, if the library is aware that restrooms are being used for drug activity, and it doesn’t do anything to stop it, the library could be held liable.
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