These people are in risk not only for becoming addicts, but suffering attendant physical, mental health insurance and social problems. The study, published today in the peer-reviewed journal Addiction, is the first to demonstrate that a brief intervention led by a primary care physician can considerably reduce risky drug use among patients. ‘Risky medication use is a very important health problem because it can form into medication addiction, which is a persistent relapsing mind disease with permanent effects and that is more costly to take care of,’ said Gelberg, who’s also professor of public wellness at the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health.Effects related to race and homeownership were smaller but nonetheless statistically significant. Related StoriesTwo Duke obesity experts' in the November problem of Wellness AffairsResearch abstracts on obesity articles appear, weight reduction to be offered at ObesityWeek 2015Small subtype of immune cells seems to prevent obesityOverall, King County’s demographics resemble those of other urban U.S. Areas. But King County provides among the strongest public health efforts, a relatively walkable environment, and initiatives to expand affordable usage of healthy, refreshing foods, said Dr. Grow. So she and her colleagues expect the links between childhood obesity and neighborhood disadvantage could be even more pronounced elsewhere.