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RST: Heroin look-alikes; Korean Armistice anniversary

Written by Matt Paul, Reporter/Producer | Jul 24, 2013 4:04 PM

What to look for on Radio Smart Talk Thursday, July 25th:


Fentanyl overdoses have been confirmed in at least 15-counties statewide, including five overdoses and one death in Lebanon County.

The prescription painkiller is being sold as – or laced with – heroin, but it’s actually 50 to 100 times more powerful than the illicit drug.

Thursday’s Radio Smart Talk discusses the fentanyl problem and the latest efforts to combat the sale and use of synthetic drugs across the commonwealth.

Our guests will be Cumberland County District Attorney David Freed, who was just elected president of the Pennsylvania District Attorneys Association, and Nina Hamilton, who lost two siblings to drug overdoses.

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Nina Hamilton and Cumberland County District Attorney David Freed


Also, the US Army Heritage and Education Center in Carlisle will commemorate the 60th anniversary of the signing of the Korean Armistice Agreement this coming Saturday morning.

We’ll discuss the ceremony as well as the actions of the 8th Airborne Ranger Company and 6th Medium Tank Battalion during the Chinese People’s Volunteer Army Spring Offensive, which will be the focus of a new Korean War Exhibit on the Army Heritage Trail.

Historian Michael Lynch and veterans E.C. Rivera and David Teich will be our guests on Thursday’s Radio Smart Talk.

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Veterans David Teich and E.C. Rivera and Michael Lynch

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  • Radio Smart Talk img 2013-07-25 08:39

    A listener writes:

    I disagree with your guest.Synthetic drugs(any variety)are used and abused. BECAUSE IT'S AVAILABLE. And I do believe they should be banned,vendors that sell them closed.However I do believe in medicinal marijuana immediately. Processed and sold through pharmacys,not home grown where a loss of contol can occur.

  • Radio Smart Talk img 2013-07-25 08:40

    A listener writes:

    Your guests are wrong, people buy legal people would be less legal if Marijuna was legal, quit glossing over the facts challenge your guests who are just towing the regular political line.

  • Radio Smart Talk img 2013-07-25 08:41

    Blaine from York writes:


    1. what amount of drugs should I be allowed to use?

    2. should any drugs be Rx only?

    3. should I be allowed to drive under the influence of drugs?

    4. should I be allowed to use a gun?

    5. should I be allowed to be a nuclear plant operator?

  • Radio Smart Talk img 2013-07-25 08:54

    Nick in York writes:

    it's my experience that for some reason, likely the popularity of WWII and Vietnam as historical topics, that The Korean war gets somewhat "lost in the shuffle". I can remember many discussions and lectures throughout my personal life and education, but very little in reference to Korea. This being the case, could the guests provide any detail on local/national resources on the subject? For example, if I wish to teach my daughter about WWII or Vietnam, I could easily take her to one of many expos, museums, or memorials in the area like Reading Airports "WWII Days", or to the Vietnam memorial in D.C...what about the Korean War?


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