Study: Jail, Low Income May Play Role In Opioid Epidemic
STUDY SUGGESTS LOW INCOME, INCARCERATION MAY PLAY A ROLE IN DRUG-RELATED DEATHS
(CNN) – A new study suggests lower incomes and incarceration may be contributing to drug-related deaths across the nation.
The study looked into drug deaths in more than 2,600 counties in the U.S. over more than 30-years.
And it shows drug-related deaths go up when incomes decline… And more people are locked up.
However, more research is needed to determine if those two factors cause an increase in drug deaths.
A senior author of the study says the research still makes a strong argument for medicalization, nor criminalization, or hard drugs.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 130 people die every day in the u-s from an opioid overdose.
The new study came out Wednesday in the journal “Lancet Public Health.”