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Baltimore-Towson, MD


Drug-related deaths reported to DAWN 415
Drug-related suicide deaths reported to DAWN 28
Metro area population, 2008 2,667,117
Population covered by DAWN 2,667,117
Percent of population covered by DAWN 100%

Metro area overview: Deaths and population by county, 2008
Counties Drug-related Drug-related suicide Population
Deaths Rate Deaths Rate
Total participating (7) 415 15.6 28 1.0 2,667,117
1. Anne Arundel County, MD 63 12.3 5 1.0 512,790
2. Baltimore City, MD 191 30.0 5 0.8 636,919
3. Baltimore County, MD 93 11.8 12 1.5 785,618
4. Carroll County, MD 15 8.9 2 1.2 169,353
5. Harford County, MD 32 13.3 2 0.8 240,351
6. Howard County, MD 18 6.5 2 0.7 274,995
7. Queen Anne's County, MD 3 6.4 0 0.0 47,091

Deaths by manner of death, 2008
Suicide 6.3%
Homicide 0.0%
Could not be determined 86.5%
Accidental 2.3%
Natural 5.0%

Place of death, 2008
Drug-related Deaths
Health care facility 150
Home 186
Public place 4
Other 74
Not documented --

Drug-related suicide Deaths
Health care facility 6
Home 16
Public place --
Other 5
Not documented 0

Top 5 drugs involved: Drug-related deaths, 2008
Drug category Single-drug deaths Multi-drug deaths Total
Opiates/opioids 107 241 348
Alcohol 1 139 140
Cocaine 26 113 139
Antidepressants 1 31 32
Benzodiazepines 0 28 28

Top 5 drugs involved: Drug-related suicide deaths, 2008
Drug category Single-drug deaths Multi-drug deaths Total
Alcohol 1 13 14
Cocaine 3 6 9
Opiates/opioids 1 8 9
Antidepressants 0 8 8
Misc. anxiolytics, sedatives, and hypnotics 2 5 7

Death rates by gender and age: Drug-related, 2008
Gender Deaths per 100,000 population
Male 21.9
Female 9.6

Age Deaths per 100,000 population
Under 21 2.3
21 to 34 19.1
35 to 54 32.0
55 and over 7.7

Death rates by gender and age: Drug-related suicide, 2008
Gender Deaths per 100,000 population
Male 1.3
Female 0.8

Age Deaths per 100,000 population
Under 21 0.1
21 to 34 1.7
35 to 54 1.7
55 and over 0.8

Drug-related deaths by drug category, 2007-2008
Drug category Drug-related Drug-related suicide
Deaths, 2007 Deaths, 2008 Single-drug deaths, 2008 Deaths, 2007 Deaths, 2008 Single-drug deaths, 2008
* Includes alcohol in combination with other drugs (all ages) and alcohol alone in decedents under age 21.
Includes MDMA (Ecstasy), GHB, flunitrazepam (Rohypnol), and ketamine.
†† Includes PCP, LSD, and miscellaneous hallucinogens.
ALL DRUGS 556 415 140 35 28 8
Alcohol* 187 140 -- 10 14 --
Cocaine 245 139 26 4 9 --
Marijuana -- 0 0 0 0 0
Stimulants 0 -- 0 0 0 0
Club drugs -- -- 0 0 0 0
Hallucinogens†† 0 -- 0 -- -- 0
Inhalants 0 -- -- 0 0 0
Antidepressants 50 32 -- 8 8 0
Antipsychotics 16 11 -- -- 4 0
Benzodiazepines 27 28 0 6 -- 0
Misc. anxiolytics, sedatives, and hypnotics 36 20 -- 11 7 --
Opiates/opioids 467 348 107 10 9 --
–Heroin (specified) 118 75 25 0 -- 0
–Methadone 156 119 38 -- 0 0
–All other opiates/opioids 252 189 44 8 8 --
Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory agents 0 0 0 0 0 0
Salicylates/combinations 0 0 0 0 0 0
Misc. analgesics/combinations 25 17 -- -- -- --
Anticonvulsants -- 0 0 -- 0 0
Muscle relaxants 14 7 0 -- -- 0

End Notes
1. Drug-related deaths exclude suicides.
2. All death rates are per 100,000 population.
3. -- A number less than 4 has been suppressed.
SOURCE: Office of Applied Studies, SAMHSA, Drug Abuse Warning Network, 2008 (08/2009 update).

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