Health Science Journal
Special Issue 2: 010
The age-adjusted death rate from drug overdoses in the United States per 100,000 individuals rose from 6.8 in 2010 to 17.1 in 2018. The most common explanation offered is the deaths of despair hypothesis. We identify additional factors that have contributed to the rise in drug overdose deaths in cities and counties. Methods: We utilize a period fixed effects model with a multi-variate panel data set for 94 independent cities and counties in Virginia for the period 2008 through 2017. Results: The drug overdose mortality rate is: (a) an increasing function (prob.
Original Publication Citation
Blake B., Cebula R.J., & Koch J.V. (2020) The drug overdose epidemic seen through different lenses. Health Science Journal (Special Issue 2: 010), 1-6. https://doi.org/10.36648/1791-809X.S2.010
Blake Gonzalez, Barbara; Cebula, Richard; and Koch, James V., "The Drug Overdose Epidemic Seen through Different Lenses" (2020). Economics Faculty Publications. 44.