The opioid epidemic may have cost U.S. state and federal governments up to $37.8 billion in lost tax revenue due to opioid-related employment loss, according to Penn State researchers.
Additionally, the researchers found that Pennsylvania was one of the states with the most lost revenue, with approximately $638.2 million lost to income and sales tax. The study looked at data between 2000 and 2016.
The study included Dennis Scanlon, a member of the Penn State Clinical and Translational Science Institute's Community-Engaged Research Core. The institute also helped purchase the dataset used in the study.