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Boston-Cambridge-Quincy, MA-NH: Essex County, MA

Drug-related deaths reported to DAWN 92
Drug-related suicide deaths reported to DAWN 17
Population 736,457
Drug-related deaths per 100,000 population 12.5
Drug-related suicide deaths per 100,000 population 2.3

Deaths by manner of death, 2008
Suicide 15.6%
Homicide 0.0%
Could not be determined 7.3%
Accidental 72.5%
Natural 4.6%

Place of death, 2008
Drug-related Deaths
Health care facility 47
Home 24
Public place 4
Other 14
Not documented --

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

Top 5 drugs involved: Drug-related deaths, 2008
Drug category Single-drug deaths Multi-drug deaths Total
Opiates/opioids 7 62 69
Cocaine 4 37 41
Alcohol 0 34 34
Benzodiazepines 0 16 16
Marijuana 0 9 9

Death rates by gender and age: Drug-related, 2008
Gender Deaths per 100,000 population
Male 17.4
Female 7.9

Age Deaths per 100,000 population
Under 21 1.0
21 to 34 18.1
35 to 54 22.5
55 and over 9.5

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 141 92 18 13 17 --
Alcohol* 44 34 0 -- 7 --
Cocaine 62 41 4 0 4 --
Marijuana 15 9 0 -- -- --
Stimulants 7 5 0 -- -- --
Club drugs -- 0 0 0 0 --
Hallucinogens†† 0 0 0 0 0 --
Inhalants 0 -- -- -- -- --
Antidepressants 24 6 -- 5 6 --
Antipsychotics 4 4 0 -- -- --
Benzodiazepines 39 16 0 4 6 --
Misc. anxiolytics, sedatives, and hypnotics 4 5 0 -- 4 --
Opiates/opioids 108 69 7 4 10 --
– Heroin (specified) 6 6 -- 0 0 --
– Methadone 28 18 0 0 -- --
– All other opiates/opioids 85 50 6 4 9 --
Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory agents 0 0 0 0 -- --
Salicylates/combinations 0 0 0 0 0 --
Misc. analgesics/combinations -- -- 0 -- 0 --
Anticonvulsants 4 -- -- 0 0 --
Muscle relaxants -- 0 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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