To get prime-age men back to work, get them off opioids
Opioid use may be responsible for a fifth of the record number of prime working-age American men who have chosen to fully drop out of the work force and no longer seek a job. In a new paper delivered at the Brookings Institution today, Alan Krueger, a professor at Princeton, described a strong correlation between high opioid use and low labor force participation among men 25 to 54 years old.
Where the correlation is highest: Here is a chart of Krueger's county-by-county study, showing the strongest impact in Mississippi, which has 10 of the top 25 counties on the list. Six are in Arkansas; and four each are in Alabama and North Carolina.