Crisis. Epidemic. Tragedy. Opioid stories have been heavy in the headlines and have caught the attention of parents, policymakers, clinicians, first-responders, and so-on. Unlike some other epidemics, rural areas have been particularly affected by the rising rates of opioid prescriptions, and more specifically, opioid misuse. There is urgency to address this public health issue that is impacting all demographics–families and communities across the country, and especially agricultural communities. To drive that last point home: overdose rates in rural America surpassed urban areas, with as many as 74% of farmers impacted by the crisis. Recently, this epidemic has been well-documented. We are regularly reminded that there is a problem, but next steps have been less clear.
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