USDA has added a new interactive feature to its rural opioid misuse webpage, allowing visitors to use an interactive map to learn about, access or replicate actions rural leaders are taking in small towns across the country to address the opioid epidemic.
American Farm Bureau Federation President Zippy Duvall and National Farmers Union leader Roger Johnson joined ranks on stage at NFU’s annual convention Sunday to build awareness of AFBF and NFU's joint campaign, Farm Town Strong (FTS), against opioid addiction in rural America.
President Trump today suggested the “ultimate penalty” for drug dealers may be part of the solution to the opioid crisis and called on Attorney General Jeff Sessions to bring lawsuits against manufacturers of the powerful and addictive painkillers.
Anne Hazlett, who oversees Rural Development at USDA, wants to get the word out that RD’s new Innovation Center will soon be open for business, with a new executive at the helm and a long list of challenges to face, including the opioid epidemic that’s been devastating rural communities.
Rural America’s population “is shrinking for the first time on record,” USDA’s Economic Research Service (ERS) says in a report, with increased drug-related mortality among working-age adults contributing to the decline.
WASHINGTON, Nov. 1, 2017 – An expanded federal drug-court system, better access to alternatives to opioids for people in pain, and educational requirements for drug prescribers are just a few of the dozens of recommendations from the commission set up by President Trump to combat the opioid crisis.