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Opioid crisis impacts farmers, government agencies work towards prevention

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LUBBOCK, Texas -

In an effort to combat opioid addiction, the federal government is stepping in.

According to a survey last year by the National Farmers Union and the American Farm Bureau Federation, a staggering 74 percent of farmers have been directly impacted by the opioid crisis. 

The Health and Human Services Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration is engaging with the Cooperative Extension System to bring opioid prevention, treatment and recovery activities to rural America more efficiently.

"I think addiction is going to happen, I think opioid crisis is going to happen so my thoughts are to prevent the deaths. And so one of the big things, and I think even the rural areas to help fix it is to get the antidote into everyone's hands who's at risk," Texas Tech School of Pharmacy, Charles Seifert, said.

HHS is providing more than $8 million worth of grants for communities to help assist in programs to solve the problem.

The deadline to apply for grant funding is September 20.

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