Opiate addiction support group founder calls out drug forum officials

A local parent in Braintree, Mass. – an area rife with opiate abuse – has written an eye-opening and heartfelt letter to Weymouth News criticizing a forum held at Braintree High School on March 25 on teen drug abuse, where she had been asked to set up a resource table for her organization, Learn To Cope, a support group for parents and family members dealing with a loved one addicted to heroin and OxyContin. Joanne Peterson said the presenters skirted over the issue of the state’s prescription drug abuse and heroin epidemic, instead focusing on under-aged drinking. Opiate overdose is now the number one cause of death in Massachusetts, she pointed out.

Read more about Braintree’s opiate issues here, and the state’s struggles here.

About Erin Marie Daly

I’m a freelance journalist based in San Francisco. My book on prescription drug and heroin addiction was published in August 2014 by Counterpoint Press.
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