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A Path Out: Prescription Drug Abuse, Treatment, and Suicide

Mark Borgschulte (), Corredor-Waldron, Adriana () and Guillermo Marshall ()
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Mark Borgschulte: University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Corredor-Waldron, Adriana: University of Illinois

No 11391, IZA Discussion Papers from Institute of Labor Economics (IZA)

Abstract: In this paper we investigate the dual role of supply restrictions and drug treatment in combating the concurrent rise of opioid abuse and suicide in the United States over the last two decades. We find that supply-side interventions decrease suicides in places with strong addiction-help networks, implying that prescription drug abuse is associated with an inherent risk of suicide. Our findings support an important role for access to treatment services in policies designed to combat the opioid epidemic.

Keywords: drug addiction treatment; drug abuse; prescription drugs; PDMP; suicide (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: I12 I18 D11 D12 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
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Date: 2018-03
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Forthcoming in: Journal of Economic Behavior & Organization, 2018

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