Decline in Working US Men Connected to Opioid Crisis

U.S. men aren’t working as much as they used to and it could be due to the opioid crisis, according to a study published in the Brookings Papers on Economic Activity.

The survey found nearly half of prime age men in the labor force take pain medication on a daily basis and 40 percent report pain prevents them from accepting jobs. In addition, labor force participation fell more in areas of the nation where there are high concentrations of opioid medication prescriptions.

According to the study, “addressing the opioid crisis could help support efforts to raise labor force participation and prevent it from falling further."