The opioid addiction epidemic accounts for a fifth of the drop in men in the US work force, according to a new study by Obama’s chief economist.
Princeton University economist Alan Krueger conducted a comprehensive review of data from the past 15 years on prescription rates and the amount of people in the labor force.
He concluded that there had been a shift in prescription rates which affected the amount of men in work.
And this, he said, appeared to be down to a change in medical habits (i.e. drug abuse) as opposed to medical conditions.
Ultimately, his study said the rise in the rate of painkiller prescriptions from 1999 to 2015 accounted for 20 percent of the drop in men in the workforce, and 25 percent of women.