In national news:

A new paper and data published in the Fall 2017 edition of the Brookings Papers on Economic Activity, makes a strong case for looking at the opioid epidemic as one driver of declining labor force participation rates. The paper is the latest from Princeton economist Alan Krueger, who found in 2016 that half of “prime age men” (25 to 54) who are not in the labor force take pain medication on a daily basis. Krueger’s newest research suggests that the increase in opioid prescriptions from 1999 to 2015 could account for about 20 percent of the observed decline in men’s labor force participation during that same period, and 25 percent of the observed decline in women’s labor force participation.

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