Learn To Cope Founder To Attend State Of The Union

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Drug use in Massachusetts and the state's addiction epidemic is something a Raynham woman hopes President Obama will discuss in his State of the Union address Tuesday night.

Joanne Peterson — who founded Learn to Cope, a support group for loved ones of those struggling with addiction — was invited to attend the State of the Union by Massachusetts U.S. Sen. Ed Markey. Founded in 2004, Learn to Cope now has 17 chapters around New England and tens of thousands of members.

Peterson joined WBUR's All Things Considered to discuss what she hopes President Obama will say about opioid abuse and addition in his address.

This segment aired on January 20, 2015.

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