[Pharmwaste] Parced Out Cost of Opioid Epidemic

Ed Gottlieb EGottlieb at cityofithaca.org
Thu Feb 15 10:52:00 EST 2018

A new report from the American Enterprise Institute (a nonpartisan, right leaning, think-tank*), due out next month, takes the cost estimates for the opioid epidemic, issued by the CDC & CEA ($504 billion), and estimates how these costs are broken down:  state-by-state, per capita by state, and as a share of state GDP.  The author previews some findings here:


My analysis shows that the nonfatal per-capita economic burden of the opioid crisis is highest in the District of Columbia ($352 per resident) and lowest in South Dakota ($162 per resident). Adding fatalities, as CEA did, gives West Virginia the highest per-capita burden ($4,793 per resident) and Nebraska the lowest ($465 per resident). A table that provides a state-by-state breakdown of total costs, per-capita costs, and costs as a share of state GDP is available here<https://www.aei.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/01/Opioid-Costs-by-State-Table.pdf>.

* From Wikipedia: AEI's stated mission is "to defend the principles and improve the institutions of American freedom and democratic capitalism<https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Democratic_capitalism>—limited government<https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Limited_government>, private enterprise, individual liberty and responsibility, vigilant and effective defense and foreign policies, political accountability, and open debate".

Not sure if, or how, this study meshes with AEI's mission.

Ed Gottlieb
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