A Former Drug User Herself, Mom Shares PSA About “Black Marks” on Tables
We all know public changing tables can be dirty. We’d expect hazards like residue from sneezes, urine and (at worst) poopy diapers. But according to one mom, public changing tables may not only be dirty, but very dangerous. In fact, they could be deadly.
Jessica Wayman, a 24-year-old mom from Fairland, Indiana, shared a photo of a changing table in a public bathroom on Facebook earlier this week. And what she shared about what a table’s “black marks” or “scratches” could actually reveal is both shocking and terrifying.
Beneath the post, Wayman shared her plea for parents to be aware of public table’s possible hidden dangers.
“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. Addicts use these as tables while 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.”
Perhaps not surprisingly, Wayman’s message was greeted with both grateful comments and a fair share of skepticism. Some replied that they thought Jessica was overly-paranoid and that the likelihood of such activity in a public restroom was very slim. That’s when Wayman decided to edit her post to reveal her personal knowledge about drug-user behaviors.
“EDIT: I never expected this to get so much attention, but since it is, to clarify some of the things I’m seeing being questioned, this is in reference to changing stations in single person bathrooms & in handicapped stalls, yes this 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. 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.”
Jessica has since explained to the media that “all it would take is flakes getting stuck to a blanket, and the baby later putting the blanket in their mouth” for disaster to happen. “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.”
Hopefully, most of us were already in the habit of wiping down any changing tables (or using a blanket!) before using them to change our babies. But, if not…well, it’s certainly time to start.