Department of Economics
Hunter College, City University of New York
New York City, NY 10065
Institutional Affiliation: City University of New York
NBER Working Papers and Publications
|August 2018||Prescription Drug Monitoring Programs, Opioid Abuse, and Crime|
with Dhaval Dave, Brady P. Horn: w24975
The past two decades have witnessed a substantial increase in opioid use and abuse in the United States. In response to this opioid epidemic, prescription drug monitoring programs (PDMPs) have been implemented in virtually all states. These programs collect, monitor, and analyze prescription opioid data with the goal of preventing the abuse and diversion of controlled substances. A growing literature has found that voluntary PDMPs, which do not require doctors to access PDMPs before prescribing controlled substances, have had little effect on opioid use and misuse. However, PDMPs that do mandate access have been found to be effective in reducing opioid misuse and other related health outcomes. In this paper we study the broader impact of voluntary and mandatory-access PDMPs on crime, and i...