Opioids

Review: ‘Deaths of Despair and the Future of Capitalism’ by Anne Case and Angus Deaton

heroin opioidsAmericans, you may have heard, are dying "deaths of despair": suicides, drug overdoses, and alcoholic liver disease that are together driving down the nation's life expectancy. The concept has been bandied about since it was coined by a pair of Princeton economists, Anne Case and Angus Deaton. After five years, Deaths of Despair and the Future of Capitalism is the pair's book-length offering on what they believe is driving the crisis.

Analysis Casts Doubt on Weed’s Ability to Fight Opioid Epidemic

Researchers dispute major marijuana lobby talking point

marijuanaMarijuana may not be an effective tool for those struggling with opioid addiction, according to a new analysis. While marijuana advocates have claimed that the drug can help fight the opioid epidemic, an analysis published in the Canadian Medical Association Journal finds the science behind this claim is equivocal at best.

Missouri Sees Sharp Drop in Life Expectancy

Hawley sounds the alarm on economic roots of deaths of despair

Life expectancy in Missouri fell by nearly a year between 2012 and 2018 as the region has grappled with an epidemic of opioid, suicide, and alcohol-related deaths, according to a new report.