Exploring causes of and responses to the opioid epidemic in New England

Abstract: The opioid epidemic remains rampant in New England, where, from 2015 through 2017, more than 10,000 people died from opioid overdoses. In 2017, each of the six states experienced an overdose-death rate that was greater than the national average. Beyond causing a high number of deaths, the opioid epidemic is costing New England productive workers. People with the most severe problems stemming from opioid-use disorder tend to be in the 25?44 age group, but no one is immune. The epidemic affects people of every type?all ages and all races, men and women, residents of rural areas and of urban areas. To better understand the factors behind the epidemic and the extent to which the crisis affects the region, this report investigates the relationships between opioid abuse and various economic indicators in New England counties over the last two decades.

Keywords: NEPPC; labor force participation; opioids; economy; New England;

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Provider: Federal Reserve Bank of Boston

Part of Series: New England Public Policy Center Policy Reports

Publication Date: 2019-05-01

Number: 19-2

Pages: 33 pages