Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Mapping the Spread of Methamphetamine Abuse in California From 1995 to 2008

Below:  Methamphetamine abuse and dependence (MA) discharges in California by geographic distribution for selected years.

Methamphetamine abuse and dependence (MA) incidence increased exponentially in 3 phases interrupted by implementation of laws limiting access to methamphetamine precursors. MA growth from 1999 through 2008 was 17% per year. MA was greatest in areas with larger White or Hispanic low-income populations, small household sizes, and good connections to highway systems. Spatial misalignment was a source of bias in estimated effects. Spatial autocorrelation was substantial, accounting for approximately 80% of error variance in the model.

From 1995 through 2008, MA exhibited signs of growth and spatial spread characteristic of drug epidemics, spreading most rapidly through low-income White and Hispanic populations living outside dense urban areas.

Via: HT @EmoryRollins

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