Does Making Fentanyl Possession a Misdemeanor Lead to More Deaths? Using A Difference-in-Difference Approach to Measure the Effect of Colorado’s HB-19-1263 on Overdose Numbers
6 Pages Posted: 20 Apr 2022
Date Written: April 5, 2022
This paper uses a difference-in-difference approach to analyze the relationship between overdose deaths and a Colorado law that made fentanyl a misdemeanor, finding a strong and significant relationship that is robust to various specifications.
Keywords: criminology, difference-in-difference, fentanyl
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