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Bloomberg: Opioid Crisis Affects Farmers and Ranchers Harder

News / In The News November 30, 2017

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The American Farm Bureau Federation was cited in Bloomberg BNA on a new survey conducted in collaboration with National Farmers Union on opioid use in rural America. The survey found that “Almost three-quarters of U.S. farmers and farm workers say they have been directly affected by opioid dependence, either from taking an illegal dose or dealing with habit themselves, or by knowing someone who has used,” explained Bloomberg.

"We’ve known for some time that opioid addiction was a serious problem in farm country, but numbers like these are heartbreaking,” AFBF President Zippy Duvall said.

For more on the survey results, read the AFBF-NFU news release

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