Spatial Patterns of Opioid Overdose - Saginaw County, MI

Authors: Frederich Schulz*, Saginaw Valley State University, Andrew J Miller, Saginaw Valley State University, John Brophy, Mobile Medical Response, Inc., Justin Schram, Saginaw Valley State University, Mackenzie Bethune, Saginaw Valley State University, Carter Eckhardt, Saginaw Valley State University
Topics: Medical and Health Geography, Geographic Information Science and Systems
Keywords: Medical Geography, GIS, Spatial Analysis
Session Type: Poster
Day: 4/4/2019
Start / End Time: 3:05 PM / 4:45 PM
Room: Lincoln 2, Marriott, Exhibition Level
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A 2018 project by the SVSU Center for Geospatial Study, in conjunction with the Saginaw County Crime Prevention Council, examined the spatial distribution of Opioid and Opioid related crimes (Bethune et. al 2018). It was determined that Opioid and Opioid related crimes were completely unrelated to the more documented Part I crime distribution the Council normally evaluates. It is anticipated, through the work of the Bethune et al (2018) work and the preliminary results we have that the residential addresses of the Opioid user will dramatically differ from traditional crime patterns in Greater Saginaw, MI and may relate more closely to the Opioid-related crimes patterns. Our deidentified overdose patient data, provided by Mobile Medical Response, Inc. of Saginaw, MI, aggregates patient’s home addresses to US Census Block Groups conforming to DDACTS standards. All data was subjected to IRB and HIPPA regulations and approval. From here, we can compare and potentially model the connections between Block Group demographics, Opioid and Opioid-related crimes, and Opioid overdose locations to patient homes as signified by the centroid of the Block Group in which they reside. As opposed to mapping and assessing the spatial patterns to Opioid overdose locations, this study offers the opportunity to identify where drug aversion and support efforts should be centered to prevent future Opioid misuse in the Greater Saginaw region.

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