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The US Opidemic: Prescription Opioids, Labour Market Conditions and Crime

Claudio Deiana () and Ludovica Giua

MPRA Paper from University Library of Munich, Germany

Abstract: In response to the recent opioid crisis, US states have implemented several policies to reduce the dispensing of opioids and contain drug mortality. We analyse the effectiveness of these laws and their unintended fallouts on labour participation and crime at the local level. Using multiple data sources and a difference-in-difference set-up, we show that the laws targeting the supply for opioids yield larger reductions in prescribed drugs compared to the demand-side policies, particularly in the absence of cross-bordering effects. We observe an improvement in labour market participation and higher crime rates following the enforcement of some of the policies considered.

Keywords: Prescription Opioids; Drugs; Labour Market; Crime. (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: E24 I18 K14 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2018-03
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