“A survey conducted in 2018 by the American Farm Bureau Federation and the National Farmers Union found that farmers and agricultural workers are very familiar with opioid misuse. Seventy-four percent of respondents reported being directly affected by opioid misuse, either from knowing a friend or family member or having themselves misused opioids.” To provide a method to dispose of unused medications that are no longer needed, Iowa’s Center for Agricultural Safety and Health is distributing Deterra bags.
*Note: this article does not include the brand name, but does mention deactivation via charcoal
Last fall, during National Farm Health and Safety Week, an RFD Radio story focused on chronic pain, calling it “A New Threat to Farmer Health and Safety.”
Actually, health and safety researchers have recognized chronic pain among farmers as a problem for many decades. I’m sure this is not news to many of you who have first-hand experience with the physical work required in farming.
Although managing pain while farming isn’t necessarily new, strategies have definitely changed. The current concern about opioid over-prescription and misuse may cause many to worry about prescription pain medication and seek non-prescription relief.