HOULTON — A longtime U.S. Postal Service employee is going to jail for 30 days for stealing prescription drugs that were being mailed to veterans in Maine.

Joseph Skehan, of Houlton, was sentenced Wednesday in Aroostook County Superior Court. The 57-year-old Skehan had worked for the postal service for 32 years when he was arrested in February.

Officials said Skehan took hydrocodone, a narcotic painkiller, from packages that the Veterans Health Administration had mailed to veterans in the Houlton area.

Skehan’s attorney told the Bangor Daily News that Skehan had a legal prescription for painkillers and developed an addiction.