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Boston-Cambridge-Quincy, MA-NH


Drug-related deaths reported to DAWN 584
Drug-related suicide deaths reported to DAWN 75
Metro area population, 2008 4,522,858
Population covered by DAWN 4,522,858
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) 584 12.9 75 1.7 4,522,858
1. Essex County, MA 92 12.5 17 2.3 736,457
2. Middlesex County, MA 160 10.8 22 1.5 1,482,478
3. Norfolk County, MA 77 11.7 6 0.9 659,909
4. Plymouth County, MA 67 13.6 8 1.6 492,066
5. Suffolk County, MA 153 20.9 13 1.8 732,684
6. Rockingham County, NH 20 6.7 4 1.3 297,350
7. Strafford County, NH 15 12.3 5 4.1 121,914

Deaths by manner of death, 2008
Suicide 11.4%
Homicide 0.0%
Could not be determined 5.0%
Accidental 78.5%
Natural 5.2%

Place of death, 2008
Drug-related Deaths
Health care facility 240
Home 236
Public place 13
Other 87
Not documented 8

Drug-related suicide Deaths
Health care facility 23
Home 36
Public place 0
Other 16
Not documented 0

Top 5 drugs involved: Drug-related deaths, 2008
Drug category Single-drug deaths Multi-drug deaths Total
Opiates/opioids 88 343 431
Cocaine 26 185 211
Alcohol 0 180 180
Benzodiazepines 0 113 113
Antidepressants 6 55 61

Top 5 drugs involved: Drug-related suicide deaths, 2008
Drug category Single-drug deaths Multi-drug deaths Total
Opiates/opioids 6 28 34
Antidepressants 0 23 23
Alcohol 0 22 22
Benzodiazepines 1 18 19
Misc. anxiolytics, sedatives, and hypnotics 2 11 13

Death rates by gender and age: Drug-related, 2008
Gender Deaths per 100,000 population
Male 19.3
Female 6.8

Age Deaths per 100,000 population
Under 21 0.8
21 to 34 17.5
35 to 54 22.2
55 and over 10.8

Death rates by gender and age: Drug-related suicide, 2008
Gender Deaths per 100,000 population
Male 2.1
Female 1.2

Age Deaths per 100,000 population
Under 21 0.1
21 to 34 1.2
35 to 54 3.1
55 and over 1.9

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 697 584 170 70 75 16
Alcohol* 219 180 0 18 22 0
Cocaine 306 211 26 4 11 --
Marijuana 51 39 0 -- 5 0
Stimulants 36 19 0 -- -- 0
Club drugs -- 0 0 -- 0 0
Hallucinogens†† 0 0 0 0 0 0
Inhalants -- -- -- 6 5 --
Antidepressants 120 61 6 25 23 0
Antipsychotics 21 14 -- 8 12 --
Benzodiazepines 142 113 0 21 19 --
Misc. anxiolytics, sedatives, and hypnotics 17 19 -- 13 13 --
Opiates/opioids 530 431 88 19 34 6
– Heroin (specified) 52 35 9 -- -- 0
– Methadone 146 79 6 4 4 0
– All other opiates/opioids 391 347 73 15 30 6
Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory agents 0 0 0 0 -- 0
Salicylates/combinations -- -- -- -- 0 0
Misc. analgesics/combinations 10 10 -- 9 13 --
Anticonvulsants 8 7 -- -- -- 0
Muscle relaxants 7 5 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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