Agweek: Farm Bureau, Farmers Union team up to confront rural opioid addiction

EXCERPT: “Seventy five percent of farmers and farm workers surveyed in conjunction with an online study say they are or have been directly impacted by opioid abuse — compared to less than half of all rural residents. Only 31 percent of all survey respondents indicated they know that rural communities are affected most by the opioid crisis. The online survey of 2,201 rural adults in October 2017 was conducted by Morning Consult on behalf of American Farm Bureau Federation and National Farmers Union. To confront the issue further, the American Farm Bureau Foundation and National Farmers Union — two often-rival farm groups — have teamed up to launch a new campaign: Farm Town Strong. The campaign’s goal is to raise awareness of the opioid crisis’ impact on farming communities, to provide resources and information to help farm communities and to encourage farmer-to-farmer support to overcome the crisis.” FULLSTORY: