Department of Economics
Hunter College, City University of New York
New York City, NY 10065
Institutional Affiliation: City University of New York
NBER Working Papers and Publications
|August 2018||Prescription Drug Monitoring Programs, Opioid Abuse, and Crime|
with Dhaval Dave, Brady P. Horn: w24975
We study the spillover effects of prescription drug monitoring programs (PDMPs) on crime, and in the process inform how policies that restrict access to Rx opioids per se within the healthcare system would impact broader non-health domains. In response to the substantial increase in opioid use and misuse in the United States, PDMPs have been implemented in virtually all states to collect, monitor, and analyze prescription opioid data with the goal of preventing misuse and the diversion of controlled substances. Using information on offenses known to law enforcement and arrests from the Uniform Crime Reports (UCR), combined with a difference-in-differences empirical strategy, we find that PDMPs reduced overall crime by 5%. These reductions in crime are associated with both violent and prope...