The effects of opioid addiction have been felt by every community in the country, including ours. Americans consume 80 percent of the global opioid supply, according to the American Society of Interventional Pain Physicians. Addiction does not favor the poor over the rich. It treats all classes of society equally. We are fortunate in Centre County that the epidemic has not taken as deep a hold as it has in neighboring communities, but that doesn’t mean we can turn a blind eye. In talking about the issue with friends, neighbors and relatives, it doesn’t take long to find someone who has a personal story about a friend or family member to tell. Opioid and heroin addiction can tear a community apart. On the flip side, communities can band together to educate, prevent and stop it from taking hold. As members of the community we all have a responsibility to help in that capacity.