Older people and opioids/Author Andrea Pitzer

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What to look for on Smart Talk Tuesday, February 13, 2018:

The number of Americans dying of opioid overdoses continues to rise. It has been accurately described as a crisis and an epidemic.  The increasing number of opioid overdose deaths has been declared a national emergency by President Trump and a state emergency by Governor Wolf.

But the crisis has also been thought of as something that just affects young people.  However, nearly 42,000 Americans over the age of 45 died from an opioid overdose in 2016.  That’s about 42% of all overdose deaths, according to the Centers for Disease Control.

Tuesday’s Smart Talk focuses on what the Pennsylvania Department of Aging calls the hidden epidemic of substance abuse in older Pennsylvanians.

Appearing on the program are Pennsylvania Secretary of Aging Teresa Osborne and Dr. Ming Wang, an addiction medicine physician at Caron Treatment Centers.

For more on the opioid epidemic visit WITF’s Transforming Health.

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PA Secretary of Aging Teresa Osborne & Dr. Ming Wang

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Also, when most people picture concentration camps, their first thoughts are of Nazi Germany and the Holocaust.  Unfortunately, those concentration camps in Europe before and during World War II are not the only examples of people suffering captivity because of their religion, race, sexual orientation, ethnicity or political beliefs.

That’s according to renowned author Andrea Pitzer in her latest book One Long Night: A Global History of Concentration Camps. Pitzer joins us on Tuesday’s Smart Talk to discuss the book that Smithsonian Magazine named one of the Ten Best History books of 2017.

Andrea Pitzer also appears at Midtown Scholar Bookstore in Harrisburg Saturday at 3:30 p.m.