The opioid overdose epidemic is being called the worst public health crisis in Pennsylvania and the nation in a generation. President Donald Trump and Governor Tom Wolf have taken a hands-on approach to preventing addiction, saving lives and getting Pennsylvanians into treatment.

Opioids can be prescription medications often referred to as painkillers, or they can be so-called street drugs such as heroin or fentanyl. Many of the prescribed medications are used to treat moderate to severe pain.

Fred Snyder is a Gettysburg Times columnist. Opinions expressed do not necessarily reflect those of the newspaper. Contact Fred at fsnyder@gburgtimes.com or 717-334-1131, ext. 2850. “Around Town” is published in the Gettysburg Times every Tuesday.

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