Geography and Substance Use 2: The Opioid Epidemic and Access to Services

Type: Paper
Sponsor Groups: Health and Medical Geography Specialty Group, Geographic Information Science and Systems Specialty Group, Spatial Analysis and Modeling Specialty Group
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Day: 4/10/2018
Start / End Time: 4:40 PM / 6:20 PM (MDT)
Room: Grand Ballroom C, Astor, 2nd Floor
Organizers: Jeremy Mennis, Andreea Ambrus, Kathleen Stewart
Chairs: Kathleen Stewart


Addiction to tobacco, alcohol, and illicit and prescription drugs represents one of the largest threats to public health worldwide. The United States is no exception, where marijuana use is on the rise and the nation faces a rapidly accelerating crisis concerning addiction to heroin and prescription painkillers. Addiction is a chronic disease of the brain that can alter cognitive functioning, mood, and behavior, with negative effects on multiple health outcomes. This session brings together researchers who are interested in geographic topics relating to substance use and addiction.


Type Details Minutes Start Time
Presenter Yanjia Cao*, University of Maryland, Kathleen Stewart, University of Maryland, Spatial accessibility to drug treatment facilities and EMS services in New Hampshire 20 4:40 PM
Presenter Moying Li*, University of Maryland, Kathleen Stewart, University of Maryland, Applying topic modeling to investigate social media discussions on prescription opioids in the context of urbanization 20 5:00 PM
Presenter Zan M. Dodson*, University of Pittsburgh, Eun-hye Enki Yoo, SUNY Buffalo, Chistian Martin-Gill, University of Pittsburgh, Ronald N. Roth, University of Pittsburgh, Jeanine M. Buchanich, University of Pittsburgh, Spatiotemporal methods to accurately identify clusters of opioid drug abuse and target interventions 20 5:20 PM
Presenter Peter Ryan*, Pennsylvania State University, High-Resolution Risk-Mapping of Opioid Abuse in Pennsylvania 20 5:40 PM
Presenter Matin Katirai*, West Chester University, Whitney Katirai, West Chester University, Harry Holt, West Chester University, Kathrine Nash, West Chester University, William Hendel, West Chester University, Elizabeth Britton Mendenhall, West Chester University, Mobile Clinics and the Opioid Crisis in Rural Pennsylvania 20 6:00 PM

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