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Buffalo-Niagara Falls, NY


Drug-related deaths reported to DAWN 113
Drug-related suicide deaths reported to DAWN 13
Metro area population, 2008 1,124,309
Population covered by DAWN 1,124,309
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 (2) 113 10.1 13 1.2 1,124,309
1. Erie County, NY 90 9.9 9 1.0 909,845
2. Niagara County, NY 23 10.7 4 1.9 214,464

Deaths by manner of death, 2008
Suicide 10.3%
Homicide 0.0%
Could not be determined 31.0%
Accidental 51.6%
Natural 7.1%

Place of death, 2008
Drug-related Deaths
Health care facility 32
Home 72
Public place --
Other 7
Not documented 0

Drug-related suicide Deaths
Health care facility --
Home 10
Public place 0
Other 0
Not documented 0

Top 5 drugs involved: Drug-related deaths, 2008
Drug category Single-drug deaths Multi-drug deaths Total
Opiates/opioids 37 47 84
Cocaine 9 25 34
Alcohol 0 21 21
Antidepressants 1 11 12
Benzodiazepines 1 10 11

Top 5 drugs involved: Drug-related suicide deaths, 2008
Drug category Single-drug deaths Multi-drug deaths Total
Misc. analgesics/combinations 1 4 5
Antidepressants 0 4 4
Benzodiazepines 0 4 4
Opiates/opioids 1 3 4

Death rates by gender and age: Drug-related, 2008
Gender Deaths per 100,000 population
Male 13.8
Female 6.5

Age Deaths per 100,000 population
Under 21 0.7
21 to 34 14.6
35 to 54 21.2
55 and over 4.5

Death rates by gender and age: Drug-related suicide, 2008
Gender Deaths per 100,000 population
Male 1.5
Female 0.9

Age Deaths per 100,000 population
Under 21 0.0
21 to 34 1.0
35 to 54 2.5
55 and over 1.0

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 88 113 53 11 13 --
Alcohol* 26 21 0 6 -- --
Cocaine 35 34 9 -- -- --
Marijuana 11 -- 0 -- 0 --
Stimulants 0 0 0 0 0 --
Club drugs 0 0 0 0 0 --
Hallucinogens†† 0 0 0 0 0 --
Inhalants 0 -- -- 0 0 --
Antidepressants 17 12 -- 7 4 --
Antipsychotics -- 7 0 -- -- --
Benzodiazepines 19 11 -- -- 4 --
Misc. anxiolytics, sedatives, and hypnotics 8 6 0 -- -- --
Opiates/opioids 70 84 37 5 4 --
– Heroin (specified) 13 13 7 0 0 --
– Methadone 10 21 10 -- 0 --
– All other opiates/opioids 53 56 20 4 4 --
Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory agents 0 0 0 0 0 --
Salicylates/combinations -- 0 0 -- 0 --
Misc. analgesics/combinations 5 -- 0 -- 5 --
Anticonvulsants -- -- 0 0 -- --
Muscle relaxants 5 5 -- -- -- --

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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