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Opioid Epidemic May Be Keeping Prime-Age Americans Out of the Workforce

The study found that a national increase in opioid painkiller prescriptions between 1999 and 2015 may have accounted for about 20% of the decline in workforce participation among men ages 25 to 54, and roughly 25% of the drop in prime-age female workforce participation. (Leubsdorf, The Wall Street Journal)

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