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Can Policy Affect Initiation of Addictive Substance Use? Evidence from Opioid Prescribing

Daniel W. Sacks, Alex Hollingsworth, Thuy D. Nguyen, Kosali I. Simon

NBER Working Paper No. 25974
Issued in June 2019

---- Acknowledgments ----

We are grateful to Dhaval Dave, Catherine Maclean, Justine Mallatt, and audiences at University of Georgia, University of Illinois, Indiana University and the Midwest Health Economics Conference for helpful comments. This research was supported in part by National Institute on Drug Abuse, R01 DA039928 (PI Brea Perry), “Doctor shopping for controlled substances: Insights from two-mode social network analysis,” and the Indiana University Addictions Grand Challenge Initiative. We acknowledge the Indiana University Pervasive Technology Institute for providing HPC resources that have contributed to the research results reported in this paper (https://pti.iu.edu). 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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