Opioids: Closer Than You Think
My name is Bonnie Jones and I am a 4th generation Montana rancher. I live with my family in East Helena on the ranch my great-grandfather, who at one time served as the President of Montana Farm Bureau Federation, acquired in 1936. I am so fortunate to be able to stay at home and homeschool our five children. I enjoy working alongside my husband as much as kids, school, sports, etc. allow. I’m about serving others and being involved in my community. I currently serve as President of the Helena Folkstyle Wrestling Club, Chair of Tri-Lakes Volunteer Fire Department, President of the Montana Fire Trustees Association, Vice-President of the Montana Fire Alliance, and Chair of the Lewis and Clark Farm Bureau Women’s Leadership Committee.
Presenters shared the following statistics:
- Doctors are now finding that it takes “three” short days to form an addiction to opioids.
- 74% of farmers and farm workers say they have been directly impacted by the opioid epidemic.
- 3 in 4 farmers say it is easy to access large amounts of opioids without a prescription.
In summary, the conference was amazing, well organized, very informative and entertaining. It gave me the ability to meet many new people and form greater relationships with those I already knew. I would highly encourage anyone to attend if ever presented with the opportunity. I hope to attend again in the future. Thank you Montana Farm Bureau Federation, Lewis and Clark County Farm Bureau, and Casey for giving me the opportunity!
The American Farm Bureau has partnered with the National Farmers Union on the Farm Town Strong project. The project aims to bring awareness to the opioid crisis plaguing rural America and provide resources to help families and individual struggling with opioid abuse.
"Together, we’ll overcome the opioid epidemic through strong farmer-to-farmer support and the resilience of our communities."
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