Nearly every farming family impacted by opioids
Small farming communities across America have been slowly dying for years. Now the opioid crisis is bringing more death and destruction.
To address this situation, national organizations are stepping up to create awareness and provide support for America’s farming community. As reported in the Farm Journal, the American Farm Bureau Federation and National Farmers Union announced “Farm Town Strong,” a joint effort to raise awareness of the opioid problem and provide resources for rural communities.
The two organizations commissioned a survey of both farmers and non-farmers on the impact of opioids on rural communities that paints a disturbing picture of the grip the pain medications have on small towns and farms.
According to the survey data, 74 percent of farmers and farm workers reported they, a family member or friend has been directly impacted by opioid addiction. And while nearly 75 percent of farmers said it would be easy to access opioids in their communities, only one in three reported easy access to addiction treatment.
“Farm country has been hit hard by the opioid crisis – even harder than rural America as a whole, or big cities,” said AFBF President Zippy Duvallin a press release. “It’s going to take everyone working together to combat this crisis to make a difference. That’s why Farm Bureau and National Farmers Union are teaming up to show unity on this issue and encourage farm families to help their neighbors. If you or a family member has been affected by opioid addiction, it’s important to talk about it so that others will know they are not fighting this alone.”
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To read more about efforts to address the crisis of addiction in American farming communities, please visit AgWeb.com.