Nonmedical Prescription Drug Use: Theory and Policy Implications

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Gabriele Camera; Bryan Engelhardt;
(2014)
  • Subject: abuse, doctors, drugs, illegal drug use, health, medication, pain, search
    • jel: jel:I1 | jel:I11 | jel:I18 | jel:D83

The illicit nonmedical use of prescription drugs is studied in a model where individuals with imperfectly observable health conditions seek prescription drugs for either medical or nonmedical reasons. The equilibrium number of medical and nonmedical users is endogenous ... View more
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    Drug Demand: Illicit 3.6 3.6 3.6 0.3 0 3.6 Licit 25.4 25.4 25.4 25.4 25.4 25.4 Access to drugs: Illicit 72.6 6.6 3.5 6.6 6.6 32.3 Licit 98.5 98.6 98.6 98.6 98.6 96.1 Drug consumption: Total 27.6 25.3 25.1 25 25 25.5 Illicit 2.6 0.2 0.1 0 0 1.2 Licit 25 25 25 25 25 24.4 Note to Table 4: The benchmark, or calibrated environment with no drug registry, is equivalent to setting bi = 0 or l = ¥. The average number of days that a nonmedical drug users is kept on the registry is 1=l . For 0 < f and b0 < 1 and by > 0 we set the registry to six months. For b0 < 1 and by > 0 we set f = 0.

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