A path out: Prescription drug abuse, treatment, and suicide

Mark Borgschulte, Adriana Corredor-Waldron, Guillermo Marshall

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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.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)169-184
Number of pages16
JournalJournal of Economic Behavior and Organization
StatePublished - May 2018


  • Drug abuse
  • Drug addiction treatment
  • PDMP
  • Prescription drugs
  • Suicide

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Economics and Econometrics
  • Organizational Behavior and Human Resource Management


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