aStudy: Nearly half of working-age men out of labor force take daily pain meds:
Nearly half of working-age men who aren't in the labor force take daily pain medication, according to new research that highlights one alarming possible reason for weak labor force participation in the U.S. Of men between the ages of 25 and 54, 47 percent said that they took pain medication during the previous day in a survey commissioned by Princeton professor and former Obama White House economist Alan Krueger. For two-thirds of those men, the medication was prescribed. Those results line up with what Krueger found in government-conducted surveys, and they add a new explanation for low male labor force participation, namely that many men may be too sick or injured to work. Of the men who reported taking medication, 40 percent said that pain prevented them from working. Krueger's research, which is prepared for an upcoming Federal Reserve conference but was shared on social media Friday and has not been peer-reviewed, attributes the drop in U.S. labor force participation in recent years primarily to aging.
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