This is the Grande bibliothèque’s restroom, the busiest one at street level. Being a public library and a national one, it is highly frequented by the public from families, kids, general public to homeless people who just want to sit down in a warm place.
I don’t think I have seen this box in another restroom in the library. The library is situated in an area of the city where there is lots of movement. Drugs are everywhere in general but this part of the city is where I have seen the most syringes. The kindergarten kids even have a song about when you see a syringe you tell an adult and you don’t touch it. In some other libraries in other parts of the city, they just change the lighting. They put a blue light and then you can’t see your veins. So noone goes there to shoot up.
This particular restroom is the stinkiest of the library. It smells like a mix of sewer, cover-up perfume and pee. Charming, right ? The library personnel sure has lots to do to keep the place classy.