ARCHIVE Published on: 2017-09-07

The stunning prevalence of painkiller use among unemployed men

2000px-The_Logo_of_The_Washington_Post_Newspaper.svg.pngThe Princeton economist Alan Krueger started with a question: What’s keeping young people out of work? Over the last two decades, the share of employed Americans in their prime has steadily tumbled — even as the economy recovered and businesses nationwide struggled to fill openings. In a new paper, Krueger argues that opioids pose more than just a health threat: They’re benching workers across the country.

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