Geospatial Analysis of Health Status Drug Addicts in Sichuan, China

Authors: Jue Yang*, University of Georgia, Lan Mu, University of Georgia, Tim Heckman, University of Georgia, Lan Zheng, Hunan Normal University
Topics: Medical and Health Geography
Keywords: Geospatial Analysis,Drug Addict,physical activity
Session Type: Paper
Day: 4/4/2019
Start / End Time: 5:00 PM / 6:40 PM
Room: Tyler, Marriott, Mezzanine Level
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Drug addict problems have increased dramatically to become a severe public health concern in China. Drug addiction has reached epidemic levels in some regions of China including Sichuan Province. Explanations for the geographic variation at the sub-province level are unclear and has rarely been explored. With the basic demographic and socio-economic information of the drug addicts from the study site and their physical activity test results, the goal of this article is to summarize the existing literature and analysis the spatial pattern of Sichuan on the drug addict epidemic in China to help guide intervention efforts. Geospatial analysis methods are used to explore statistical and spatial patterns of drug addict people with their health status (BMI index, etc.) at the county level. We compare health status between the drug addicts and non-addicts in order to find out the differences, and how these differences varied geographically. This work will help ongoing and future efforts of local drug rehabilitation centers to make better treatment for the drug addicts.

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