Geography and Drug Addiction

  • Yonette F. Thomas
  • Douglas Richardson
  • Ivan Cheung

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages I-XXIII
  2. Sara McLafferty
    Pages 1-16
  3. Yonette Thomas, Douglas Richardson, Ivan Cheung
    Pages 17-26
  4. Kimberly C. Brouwer, John R. Weeks, Remedios Lozada, Steffanie A. Strathdee
    Pages 27-42
  5. Karen A. Snedker, Jerald R. Herting
    Pages 43-63
  6. Stephen E. Lankenau, Bill Sanders, Jennifer Jackson Bloom, Dodi Hathazi, Erica Alarcon, Stephanie Tortu et al.
    Pages 65-83
  7. Aniruddha Banerjee, Elizabeth LaScala, Paul J. Gruenewald, Bridget Freisthler, Andrew Treno, Lillian G. Remer
    Pages 117-130
  8. Hannah L.F Cooper, Samuel R. Friedman, Barbara Tempalski, Risa Friedman
    Pages 145-157
  9. Avelardo Valdez, Alice Cepeda
    Pages 159-173
  10. Samuel R. Friedman, Barbara Tempalski, Hannah Cooper, Spencer Lieb, Joanne Brady, Peter L. Flom et al.
    Pages 255-265
  11. Michele G. Shedlin, Rita Arauz, Pascual Ortells, Mariana Aburto, Danilo Norori
    Pages 267-285
  12. Xiushi Yang
    Pages 305-318
  13. Gerald J. Stahler, Silvana Mazzella, Jeremy Mennis, Sanjoy Chakravorty, George Rengert, Ralph Spiga
    Pages 337-351
  14. Eleazer D. Hunt, Marty Sumner, Thomas J. Scholten, James M. Frabutt
    Pages 395-413
  15. Sucharita Gopal, Matt Adams, Mark Vanelli
    Pages 415-435
  16. Mei-Po Kwan, Ruth D. Peterson, Christopher R. Browning, Lori A. Burrington, Catherine A. Calder, Lauren J. Krivo
    Pages 437-446
  17. Charlie DiMaggio, Angela Bucciarelli, Kenneth J. Tardiff, David Vlahov, Sandro Galea
    Pages 447-464
  18. Back Matter
    Pages 465-538

About this book


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.


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

Editors and affiliations

  • Yonette F. Thomas
    • 1
  • Douglas Richardson
    • 2
  • Ivan Cheung
    • 3
  1. 1.National Institute on Drug Abuse National Institutes of Health Epidemiology Research BranchDivision of Epidemiology, Services and Prevention ResearchBethesdaUSA
  2. 2.Association of American GeographersWashingotnUSA
  3. 3.Insurance Institute for Highway SafetyArlingtonUSA

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