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How Increasing Medical Access to Opioids Contributes to the Opioid Epidemic: Evidence from Medicare Part D

David Powell, Rosalie Liccardo Pacula, Erin Taylor

NBER Working Paper No. 21072
Issued in April 2015, Revised in September 2016

---- Acknowledgments ----

Previously circulated as "Does Prescription Drug Coverage Increase Opioid Abuse? Evidence from Medicare Part D." This paper was supported by a grant from the National Institute on Drug Abuse to the RAND Corporation (R01DA032693; PI: Rosalie Liccardo Pacula). We are grateful for helpful comments from Abby Alpert, Chris Ruhm, seminar participants at USC, the 2014 Conference of the American Society for Health Economists, and the Southern California Conference in Applied Microeconomics. We received especially valuable suggestions from our discussants Marisa Domino and Mireille Jacobson. The views expressed herein are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Bureau of Economic Research.

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