(From the Boston Globe, April 16, 2016)
TAUNTON — Joanne Peterson has attended more than 100 funerals for opioid victims, and she long ago learned the words to all the songs she hears at the services. But she no longer attends the wakes.
“I could not look at another young person in a casket,” Peterson said. “There are some days when I just start crying.”
The toll is understandable. Week after week, month after month, year after year for more than a decade, Peterson has been the grass-roots face of the fight to stem the opioid epidemic that is killing an average of four people a day in Massachusetts. READ THE ARTICLE