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

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Mark Borgschulte

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign - Department of Economics

Adriana Corredor-Waldron

Princeton University - School of Public and International Affairs

Guillermo Marshall

University of British Columbia (UBC) - Sauder School of Business

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Date Written: January 3, 2018

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: suicide, prescription drug abuse, health, rational addiction

JEL Classification: H00, J00, L00

Suggested Citation

Borgschulte, Mark and Corredor-Waldron, Adriana and Marshall, Guillermo, A Path Out: Prescription Drug Abuse, Treatment, and Suicide (January 3, 2018). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2847121 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2847121

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Adriana Corredor-Waldron

Princeton University - School of Public and International Affairs ( email )

Guillermo Marshall

University of British Columbia (UBC) - Sauder School of Business ( email )

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