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Geography and Drug Addiction

Thomas, Yonette F., Richardson, Douglas, Cheung, Ivan (Eds.)


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  • The only book focused on the intersection of geography and drug abuse research
  • Multidisciplinary chapters combining the methodologies of both social and physical sciences
  • These unique mixed-methodological approaches move beyond more traditional research in the field of drug abuse and provide fresh perspectives

The research in this book on the geographical context of drug addiction contributes to better understanding the etiology of addiction, its diffusion, its interaction with geographically variable environmental, social, and economic factors, and the strategies for its treatment and prevention. This book explores links between geography and drug abuse and identifies research ideas, connections, and research pathways which point to some promising avenues for future work in this area.

The topics explored in Geography and Drug Addiction include:

  • Spatial patterns of drug use and addiction
  • Linking spatial models with drug abuse research
  • Interaction of social and environmental factors with biochemical processes of addiction
  • Locational analyses of drug addiction treatment and service delivery facilities
  • Neighborhood scale studies of geographic factors (including the built environment) and their interaction with drug addiction, treatment, or prevention
  • Use of Geographic Information Systems (GIS) to better understanding and respond to drug addiction
  • Spatial diffusion modeling of addictive drug usage and its changing characteristics, including also predictive modeling
  • Social epidemiology and GIS

This book will serve as an excellent resource to geographers and drug abuse researchers, including sociologists, epidemiologists, social scientists in general and public health researchers, both in policy and academia.

Content Level » Research

Keywords » Drug Addiction - Geography - Geomapping - HIV/AIDS - Migration - epidemiology - geo-epidemiology - prevention - social epidemiology

Related subjects » Geography - Population Studies - Public Health - Social Sciences

Table of contents 

List of Tables.- List of Figures.- Acknowledgements.- Foreword.- Making Connections: Geography and Drug Addiction: Douglas Richardson.- PART I. INTEGRATING GEOGRAPHY IN DRUG ABUSE RESEACH: 1. Placing substance abuse: geographical perspectives on substance use and addiction: Sara McLafferty.- 2. Integrating geographic information system and social epidemiology in drug abuse research: Yonette Thomas, Douglas Richardson, and Ivan Cheung.- PART II. GEO-EPIDEMIOLOGY IN DRUG ABUSE RESEARCH: 3. Integrating GIS into the study of contextual factors affecting injection drug use along the Mexico/U.S. border: Kimberly Brouwer, et al.- 4. The spatial context of adolescent substance use: assessing the role of neighborhood alcohol availability and disadvantage: Karen Snedker, Jerald R. Herting, and Emily C. Walton.- 5. Migration patterns and substance use among young homeless travelers: Steve Lankenau, et al.- 6. Residential mobility and drug use among parolees in San Diego, California: implications for policy: Meagan Cahill and Nancy LaVigne.- 7. Social disorganization, alcohol and drug markets, and violence: a space-time model of community structure: Aniruddha Banerjee et al.- 8. Integrated assessment of addiction epidemiology in Hong Kong 1996 – 2005: Shui Shan Lee, Phoebe TT Pang.- 9. Residential segregation and the prevalence of injection drug use among black adult residents of U.S. metropolitan areas: Hannah Cooper et al.- 10. The relationship of ecological containment and heroin practices: Avelardo Valdez and Alice Cepeda.- 11. Comparing unintentional opiod poisoning mortality in metropolitan and non-metropolitan counties, United States, 1999 – 2003: Nabarun Dasgupta, Michele Jonsson Funk, and John S Brownstein.- 12. Spatial patterns of clandestine methamphetamine labs in Colorado Springs, Colorado: Max Lu and Jessica Burnum.- 13. A therapeutic landscape? Contextualizing methamphetamine in North Dakota: Kevin Romig and Alex Feidler.- 14. Are spatialvariables important? The case of markets for multiple drugs in British Bengal: Siddharth Chandra and Aaron Swoboda.- PART III. GEOGRAPHY OF INJECTION DRUG USERS AND HIV: 15. Human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) infection rates and heroin trafficking: fearful symmetries: Chris Beyrer.- 16. Metropolitan area characteristics, injection drug use and HIV among injectors: Samuel Friedman et al.- 17. Factors influencing drug use and HIV risk in two Nicaraguan cities: Michele Shedlin et al.- 18. Drug Use and HIV/AIDS: risk environments in post-soviet Russia: Dominique Moran.- 19. Substance abuse and HIV in China: the impact of residence and residential mobility: Xiushi Yang.- PART IV. GEOGRAPHIC DIMENSIONS OF DRUG TREATMENT AND PREVENTION: 20. Placing the dynamics of syringe exchange programs in the United States: Barbara Tempalski.- 21. The effect of individual, program, and neighborhood variables on continuity of treatment among dually diagnosed individuals: Gerald Stahler et al.- 22. Exploring the reciprocal effects of substance abuse treatment provision and area substance abuse: Matthew Archibald.- 23. Using a GIS framework to assess hurricane recovery needs of substance abuse clients in Katrina- and Rita-affected areas: Traci Green and Cynthia Pope.- 24. Using GIS to identify drug markets and reduce drug-related violence: a data driven strategy to implement a focused deterrence model and understand the elements of drug markets: Eleazer Hunt et al.- V. EMERGING RESEARCH DIRECTIONS: 25. Modeling the spatial patterns of substance and drug abuse in the U.S.: Suchi Gopal, Matt Adams, and Mark Vanelli.- 26. Reconceptualizing Sociogeographical Context for the Study of Drug Use, Abuse and Addiction: Mei-Po Kwan et al.- 27. Spatial analytic approaches to explaining the trends and patterns in two decades of drug overdose deaths in New York City: Charlie DiMaggio et al

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