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

Drug-related deaths reported to DAWN 153
Drug-related suicide deaths reported to DAWN 13
Population 732,684
Drug-related deaths per 100,000 population 20.9
Drug-related suicide deaths per 100,000 population 1.8

Deaths by manner of death, 2008
Suicide 7.8%
Homicide 0.0%
Could not be determined 5.4%
Accidental 79.5%
Natural 7.2%

Place of death, 2008
Drug-related Deaths
Health care facility 58
Home 63
Public place 4
Other 25
Not documented --

Drug-related suicide Deaths
Health care facility 8
Home --
Public place 0
Other --
Not documented 0

Top 5 drugs involved: Drug-related deaths, 2008
Drug category Single-drug deaths Multi-drug deaths Total
Opiates/opioids 17 78 95
Cocaine 11 49 60
Alcohol 0 43 43
Benzodiazepines 0 25 25
Marijuana 0 12 12

Death rates by gender and age: Drug-related, 2008
Gender Deaths per 100,000 population
Male 30.3
Female 11.9

Age Deaths per 100,000 population
Under 21 1.0
21 to 34 17.2
35 to 54 33.3
55 and over 32.9

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 191 153 51 13 13 4
Alcohol* 70 43 0 5 -- 0
Cocaine 98 60 11 -- -- 0
Marijuana 13 12 0 0 -- 0
Stimulants 6 -- 0 0 0 0
Club drugs -- 0 0 0 0 0
Hallucinogens†† 0 0 0 0 0 0
Inhalants -- -- 0 0 0 0
Antidepressants 27 12 -- 7 -- 0
Antipsychotics -- -- 0 -- -- --
Benzodiazepines 36 25 0 -- -- 0
Misc. anxiolytics, sedatives, and hypnotics 6 4 0 -- -- 0
Opiates/opioids 136 95 17 -- 7 --
– Heroin (specified) 16 9 -- -- 0 0
– Methadone 27 14 -- -- 0 0
– All other opiates/opioids 101 78 14 -- 7 --
Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory agents 0 0 0 0 0 0
Salicylates/combinations -- -- 0 -- 0 0
Misc. analgesics/combinations 4 -- 0 -- 5 --
Anticonvulsants 0 -- 0 0 0 0
Muscle relaxants 0 -- 0 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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