The horrifying reason behind those black marks on baby change tables
A US mum has posted a harrowing PSA to anyone who uses baby change tables in public bathrooms.
Sharing an image of a scuffed change table to Facebook, she explained:
“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 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 post has been shared over 165,000 times, with thousands of parents thanking Jessica for the tip-off.
Jessica admitted in the post she is a former drug user herself, so understands the sad origin of the marks.
“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.”
According to the Huffington Post, a UK study found that 92 percent of baby change tables contained traces of cocaine.
The study, conducted by Real Radio journalists in 2011, tested public facilities in shopping centers, hospitals, police stations, courts, churches, supermarkets and department stores.
Image: Jessica Wayman / Instagram