Economists conclude opioid crisis responsible for millions of children living apart from parents


Nearly 500,000 people in the U.S. during the past 20 years have died from an opioid overdose. Millions of others — many of them parents — are using, incarcerated or in drug rehabilitation programs. While the drug crisis has had profound impacts on adults, there has been relatively little research into its effects on the children of drug users. A recent study by University of Notre Dame economists Kasey Buckles, William Evans and Ethan Lieber is one of the first to examine these impacts.