The Relationship Between Prime-Age Male Labor Force Participation and Opiod Overdoses in Appalachia
Since 1950 prime-age male labor force participation has steadily fallen in the United States. More recently, the country has been gripped by the opioid crisis as death rates due to overdoses have exploded since the turn of the century. The Appalachian region has been frequently discussed in the national media in regard to both the opioid epidemic and falling labor force participation rates. Using data from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention and the American Community Survey, this paper uses a fixed effects model to explore the association between opioid overdose deaths among prime-age males in the Appalachian region of the United States and their labor force participation. This model shows that there is a consistent and statistically significant association between prime-age male overdose death rates and a county-level labor force participation rate among prime-age men. As federal, state, and local governments search for solutions to encourage work from a historically productive demographic and combat the public health crisis, there is a potential that effective policies in addressing one issue may spillover and improve the other as well.
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