The Opioid Epidemic and the Labor Market
Dionissi Aliprantis and
Economic Commentary, 2017, issue September
Drug overdoses now account for more deaths in the United States than traffic deaths or suicides, and most of the increase in overdose deaths since 2010 can be attributed to opioids--a class of drugs that includes both prescription pain relievers and illegal narcotics. We look at trends in drug use and overdose deaths to document how the opioid epidemic has evolved over time and to determine whether it could be large enough to impact the labor force.
Keywords: labor force; opioid; drug use; death (search for similar items in EconPapers)
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