Report: “2nd Colorado Library Closes Due to Meth Contamination”
From the Associated Press:
For the second time in a month, a Colorado library has closed its doors to clean up methamphetamine contamination.
Officials in the Denver suburb of Englewood shut down the city library last week within a couple of hours of getting test results Wednesday showing that the contamination in the facility’s restrooms exceeded state thresholds, city spokesman Chris Harguth said.
The city of about 33,000 just south of Denver decided to test for the drug after officials in the nearby college town of Boulder closed its main library after finding meth contamination, Harguth said.
Drug use is not common in the Englewood library, but reports of it have increased in recent months as colder weather led more people to seek shelter there, with only a small number of them using, library director Christina Underhill said. More broadly, the library has attracted more homeless people since fully reopening after closing at the beginning of the pandemic.
“We’re very accommodating,” Underhill said. But “there are some individuals who abuse this space and unfortunately put us in this position.”
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