A Path Out: Prescription Drug Abuse, Treatment, and Suicide
56 Pages Posted: 6 Oct 2016 Last revised: 29 Apr 2020
Date Written: January 3, 2018
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
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