Incarceration, falling incomes may play a role in the US opioid epidemic, study says

WGNO - Unraveling the factors fueling America’s opioid epidemic remains complicated.

The increasing number of deaths from drug use in the United States has been linked with a surge in the distribution of prescription painkillers as one factor. A new study suggests that some other overlooked factors might be contributors, as well.

In counties across the United States, when incarceration rates rise and household incomes fall, drug-related deaths increase, according to a study published Wednesday in the medical journal Lancet Public Health.