In this paper, we investigate the concurrent rise of prescription drug abuse and suicide among white non-Hispanics in the United States over the last two decades. We find that prescription drug abuse is associated with an inherent risk of suicide, and that supply-side interventions decrease suicides in places with strong addiction-help networks. Our findings imply that prescription drug abuse is at least partially responsible for the rise in suicides.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Number of pages||57|
|State||Published - Oct 6 2016|
- prescription drug abuse
- rational addiction