This post was co-authored with MaryBeth Musumeci, Associate Director at the Program on Medicaid and the Uninsured at The Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation.The post was originally published on Healthaffairs.org in September 2017. Health Affairs.org is published by Project HOPE, a journal available in print and online.
The student debt situation has improved. A new study reports a substantial drop in the proportion of students with private loans, which are usually a worse deal for students compared with federal government loans. There are important lessons we can learn from the rise and fall of the private student loan market.
Opioid addiction and its impacts are widespread in the United States. Drug addiction has been the leading cause of accidental death and the numbers are increasing. In 2015, there were more than 50,000 lethal drug overdoses, with approximately 33,000 of those related to opioids. This represents a four-fold increase in overdose deaths involving opioids since 1999, with no signs of slowing down.