Geospatial Variations and Neighborhood Deprivation in Drug-Related Admissions and Overdoses.

Journal Article (Journal Article)

Drug overdoses are a national and global epidemic. However, while overdoses are inextricably linked to social, demographic, and geographical determinants, geospatial patterns of drug-related admissions and overdoses at the neighborhood level remain poorly studied. The objective of this paper is to investigate spatial distributions of patients admitted for drug-related admissions and overdoses from a large, urban, tertiary care center using electronic health record data. Additionally, these spatial distributions were adjusted for a validated socioeconomic index called the Area Deprivation Index (ADI). We showed spatial heterogeneity in patients admitted for opioid, amphetamine, and psychostimulant-related diagnoses and overdoses. While ADI was associated with drug-related admissions, it did not correct for spatial variations and could not account alone for this spatial heterogeneity.

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Cited Authors

  • Cobert, J; Lantos, PM; Janko, MM; Williams, DGA; Raghunathan, K; Krishnamoorthy, V; JohnBull, EA; Barbeito, A; Gulur, P

Published Date

  • December 2020

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 97 / 6

Start / End Page

  • 814 - 822

PubMed ID

  • 32367203

Pubmed Central ID

  • PMC7704893

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1468-2869

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1007/s11524-020-00436-8


  • eng

Conference Location

  • United States