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.
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.
Experts Question Study Claiming E-Cigarettes Are a COVID-19 Risk Factor
A number of experts responded swiftly to the study's abnormal findings that lacked a credible causal theory.
As Purdue Pharma Takes the Fall, Don’t Forget the Government’s Role In the Opioid Crisis
Government policies have forced or encouraged pain patients to turn to more dangerous drugs, including heroin and fentanyl.