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Economic Effects of the Opioid Crisis in New England

Posted on by Alissa DeJonge

From 2015 through 2017, more than 10,000 New Englanders died from opioid overdoses. To better understand the factors behind the epidemic and the extent to which the crisis affects the region, a recent report by the New England Public Policy Center of the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston investigates the relationships between opioid abuse and various economic indicators in New England counties over the last two decades.

Listen as Dr. Jeffrey Thompson, the Director of the New England Public Policy Center and Alissa DeJonge, CERC’S Vice President of Research, discuss the report’s key findings, how the epidemic affects the New England economy and policy responses to the growing crisis.