Jacob James Rich is a policy analyst at Reason Foundation.
His work primarily focuses on health care policy, specializing in prescription and illegal drug regulations.
Rich holds master’s degrees in mathematics and economics from Eastern Michigan University.
Prior to joining Reason, he conducted research for the Cato Institute focused on economics and opioid policy.
New York’s legislature should stand firm against Gov. Hochul’s tobacco prohibition
A similar flavored tobacco ban in Massachusetts has been an epic failure.
Florida politicians want fentanyl designated a weapon of mass destruction
Then fentanyl crisis will not be resolved by doubling down on prohibition policies that have failed for decades and are actually fueling overdose deaths.
Massachusetts menthol ban increased smoking among black women, research finds
It seems clear that menthol prohibitions are ineffective mechanisms for improving public health in the black community.
The effect of menthol bans on cigarette sales: Evidence from Massachusetts
Massachusetts' flavored tobacco ban primarily sent buyers to other states and illicit markets.
Testimony: The negative impacts of Columbus’ proposed ban on flavored tobacco
Flavor bans at the local level have little effect on public health and potentially disastrous consequences for communities of color.
Over 100,000 died from drug overdoses in 2021 as public policy drives people to fentanyl
Accepting a false narrative will likely prevent policymakers and the public from confronting the true underlying cause of the drug-overdose crisis.
How a federal tobacco tax increase would impact West Virginia
If Congress wants to help West Virginia achieve better public health outcomes, it should look to increase access to safer smoking alternatives like e-cigarettes and heated tobacco products.
Prescription Drug Monitoring Programs: Effects on Opioid Prescribing and Drug Overdose Mortality
This study finds that Prescription Drug Monitoring Programs fail to reduce opioid overdoses and increase the use of black market opioids.
How State Policies Are Worsening The U.S. Doctor Shortage
The COVID-19 crisis has exposed the ways in which state policies that restrict out-of-state doctors from practicing within their borders hurt the nation's healthcare system.