Health & Environment Police & Fire

Preventing Overdoses in Public Restrooms

The Boston Public Health Commission (BPHC) has noticed through client report and community meetings that a substantial number of fatal drug overdoses (ODs) are occurring in public restrooms, located in public spaces such as hospitals, restaurants, train stations, and hotels. In these cases, victims are more likely to receive delayed care because they are using alone.

In order to reduce the number of potential fatal ODs in Boston, BPHC is canvassing businesses in high use areas and asking them to adopt “safe restroom strategies” such as periodic bathroom checks and key coded bathroom locks. Please see the below flyer for more tips.

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BPHC restroom OD