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New York-Northern New Jersey-Long Island, NY-NJ-PA


Drug-related deaths reported to DAWN 1,116
Drug-related suicide deaths reported to DAWN 121
Metro area population, 2008 19,006,798
Population covered by DAWN 11,115,006
Percent of population covered by DAWN 58%

Metro area overview: Deaths and population by county, 2008
Counties Drug-related Drug-related suicide Population
Deaths Rate Deaths Rate
* Area did not participate in DAWN this year.
Total participating (10) 1,116 10.0 121 1.1 11,115,006
1. Bergen County, NJ*         894,840
2. Essex County, NJ*         770,675
3. Hudson County, NJ*         595,419
4. Hunterdon County, NJ 13 10.1 4 3.1 129,031
5. Middlesex County, NJ*         789,102
6. Monmouth County, NJ*         642,448
7. Morris County, NJ 43 8.8 9 1.8 487,548
8. Ocean County, NJ*         569,111
9. Passaic County, NJ*         490,948
10. Somerset County, NJ*         324,563
11. Sussex County, NJ*         150,909
12. Union County, NJ 48 9.2 8 1.5 523,249
13. Bronx County, NY 189 13.6 7 0.5 1,391,903
14. Kings County, NY 232 9.1 15 0.6 2,556,598
15. Nassau County, NY*         1,351,625
16. New York County, NY 154 9.4 28 1.7 1,634,795
17. Putnam County, NY 13 13.1 2 2.0 99,244
18. Queens County, NY 171 7.5 19 0.8 2,293,007
19. Richmond County, NY 65 13.3 2 0.4 487,407
20. Rockland County, NY*         298,545
21. Suffolk County, NY 188 12.4 27 1.8 1,512,224
22. Westchester County, NY*         953,943
23. Pike County, PA*         59,664

Deaths by manner of death, 2008
Suicide 9.8%
Homicide 0.4%
Could not be determined 4.2%
Accidental 76.0%
Natural 9.6%

Place of death, 2008
Drug-related Deaths
Health care facility 362
Home 603
Public place 48
Other 102
Not documented --

Drug-related suicide Deaths
Health care facility 23
Home 82
Public place 8
Other 7
Not documented --

Top 5 drugs involved: Drug-related deaths, 2008
Drug category Single-drug deaths Multi-drug deaths Total
Opiates/opioids 138 603 741
Cocaine 137 324 461
Alcohol 3 289 292
Benzodiazepines 3 266 269
Antidepressants 2 146 148

Top 5 drugs involved: Drug-related suicide deaths, 2008
Drug category Single-drug deaths Multi-drug deaths Total
Opiates/opioids 7 42 49
Antidepressants 5 35 40
Benzodiazepines 1 37 38
Misc. anxiolytics, sedatives, and hypnotics 6 31 37
Alcohol 0 36 36

Death rates by gender and age: Drug-related, 2008
Gender Deaths per 100,000 population
Male 15.1
Female 5.3

Age Deaths per 100,000 population
Under 21 1.1
21 to 34 9.1
35 to 54 19.3
55 and over 9.3

Death rates by gender and age: Drug-related suicide, 2008
Gender Deaths per 100,000 population
Male 1.3
Female 0.9

Age Deaths per 100,000 population
Under 21 0.1
21 to 34 0.9
35 to 54 1.9
55 and over 1.3

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   1,116 365   121 35
Alcohol*   292 --   36 0
Cocaine   461 137   13 --
Marijuana   23 0   -- 0
Stimulants   17 5   -- 0
Club drugs   6 --   0 0
Hallucinogens††   11 4   0 0
Inhalants   -- --   5 5
Antidepressants   148 --   40 5
Antipsychotics   54 4   22 --
Benzodiazepines   269 --   38 --
Misc. anxiolytics, sedatives, and hypnotics   92 --   37 6
Opiates/opioids   741 138   49 7
– Heroin (specified)   223 45   4 --
– Methadone   235 35   6 0
– All other opiates/opioids   434 58   43 6
Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory agents   -- --   0 0
Salicylates/combinations   7 --   -- --
Misc. analgesics/combinations   39 0   20 --
Anticonvulsants   13 --   7 --
Muscle relaxants   25 0   7 --

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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