Author Interviews, Cost of Health Care, Opiods / 16.04.2019 Interview with: [caption id="attachment_48576" align="alignleft" width="92"]Joel Segel, Ph.D.Assistant ProfessorDepartment of Health Policy and AdministrationThe Pennsylvania State UniversityUniversity Park, PA 16802 Dr. Segel[/caption] Joel E. Segel, Ph.D. Assistant Professor Department of Health Policy and Administration The Pennsylvania State University University Park, PA 16802 What is the background for this study? What are the main findings?  Response: Earlier research has shown that the societal costs of opioid misuse are high, including the impact on employment. However, previous work to understand the costs of opioid misuse borne by state and federal governments has largely focused on medical costs such as care related to overdoses and the cost of treating opioid use disorder. Our main findings are that when individuals who misuse opioids are unable to work, state and federal governments may bear significant costs in the form of lost income and sales tax revenue. We estimate that between 2000 and 2016, state governments lost $11.8 billion in tax revenue and the federal government lost $26.0 billion.