Small plastic syringe found on bedframe, 2005. It’s not unusual to find things such as this in abandoned sanatoriums (and the asylums which are my bread and butter). It looks rather like an insulin syringe, but that’s almost certainly not what it was in the late 60s/early70s. This syringe most likely contained the latest neuroleptic or a tranq; maintaining order on the wards was paramount. Patients were routinely drugged if they were making a “disturbance”; in the Women’s Ward Pavilions, a “disturbance” could include demanding a call to a husband or family.