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For rural America, the opioid crisis is very real and very local

For rural America, the opioid crisis is very real and very local

The opioid crisis has struck farm and ranch families much harder than the rest of rural America, according to a new survey sponsored by the American Farm Bureau (AFBF) and the National Farmers Union (NFU).

While just under one-half of rural Americans say they have been directly impacted by opioid abuse, 74 percent of farmers and farm workers say they have.

Three in four farmers say it would be easy for someone in their community to access opioids illegally, and just under one-half of rural adults — 46 percent — say the same. The poll is a first...




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