By Sara McLafferty (auth.), Yonette F. Thomas, Douglas Richardson, Ivan Cheung (eds.)
The study during this ebook at the geographical context of drug habit contributes to raised realizing the etiology of habit, its diffusion, its interplay with geographically variable environmental, social, and monetary elements, and the thoughts for its therapy and prevention. This ebook explores hyperlinks among geography and drug abuse and identifies learn rules, connections, and learn pathways which element to a few promising avenues for destiny paintings during this area.
The subject matters explored in Geography and Drug habit include:
- Spatial styles of drug use and dependancy
- Linking spatial types with drug abuse research
- Interaction of social and environmental components with biochemical strategies of dependancy
- Locational analyses of drug habit remedy and repair supply facilities
- Neighborhood scale reports of geographic elements (including the outfitted surroundings) and their interplay with drug dependancy, therapy, or prevention
- Use of Geographic info platforms (GIS) to higher realizing and reply to drug addiction
- Spatial diffusion modeling of addictive drug utilization and its altering features, together with additionally predictive modeling
- Social epidemiology and GIS
This publication will function an outstanding source to geographers and drug abuse researchers, together with sociologists, epidemiologists, social scientists often and public health and wellbeing researchers, either in coverage and academia.
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Similarly, studies linking drug using behaviors to the built environment are emerging. For example, Hembree et al. (2005) used multilevel analyses to demonstrate the association between neighborhood-built-environment and the likelihood of overdose death in New York City. There are many opportunities in which the integration of geography and social epidemiology may further our understanding of the degree to which the built environment contributes to drug use, abuse, and addiction. Though not directly studying drug use, Galea, Vlahov, Ahern, Rudenstine, and Wallace (2005) use geographical analyses to evaluate the linkage between poor quality built environment and likelihood of depression.
Another is to incorporate varying individual responses to those characteristics to reflect differences in vulnerability related to age, class, gender, and so on. Finally, perhaps the greatest challenge is to tease out the pathways through space and time by which places affect health and vice versa. This requires integrating geographical, social, and biological forms of understanding – a daunting but exciting challenge that will occupy health research well into the next century. 1 Placing Substance Abuse 13 Analyzing Disparities in Health Care Analyzing geographic disparities in health care location and access is another area where geographers can contribute to substance abuse research.
These studies point out the importance of national health care policies and modes of provision in influencing the locations of health care providers and the quantity and quality of services offered. National policies such as the neoliberal ‘reterritorialization’ of health care in New Zealand – an effort by the central government to reassert the importance and power of local citizens in local health care decision-making, alter the balance between local and national control over health care (Prince, Kearns, and Craig 2006).