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Baltimore-Towson, MD


Drug-related deaths reported to DAWN 488
Drug-related suicide deaths reported to DAWN 28
Metro area population, 2009 2,690,886
Population covered by DAWN 2,690,886
Percent of population covered by DAWN 100%

Metro area overview: Deaths and population by county, 2009
County Drug-related Drug-related suicide Population
Deaths Rate Deaths Rate
Total participating (7) 488 18.1 28 1.0 2,690,886
1. Anne Arundel County, MD 55 10.6 6 1.2 521,209
2. Baltimore City, MD 265 41.6 8 1.3 637,418
3. Baltimore County, MD 101 12.8 11 1.4 789,814
4. Carroll County, MD 16 9.4 1 0.6 170,089
5. Harford County, MD 33 13.6 1 0.4 242,514
6. Howard County, MD 16 5.7 1 0.4 281,884
7. Queen Anne's County, MD 2 4.2 0 0.0 47,958

Deaths by manner of death, 2009
Suicide 5.4%
Homicide 0.0%
Could not be determined 86.2%
Accidental 5.2%
Natural 3.1%

Top 5 drugs involved: Drug-related deaths, 2009
Drug category Single-drug deaths Multi-drug deaths Total
Opiates/opioids 117 283 400
Cocaine 30 141 171
Alcohol 0 169 169
Benzodiazepines 1 46 47
Antidepressants 4 30 34

Top 5 drugs involved: Drug-related suicide deaths, 2009
Drug category Single-drug deaths Multi-drug deaths Total
Alcohol 0 11 11
Misc. anxiolytics, sedatives, and hypnotics 2 8 10
Antidepressants 0 8 8
Opiates/opioids 3 4 7
Misc. analgesics/combinations 2 4 6

Death rates by gender and age: Drug-related, 2009
Gender Deaths per 100,000 population
Male 27.1
Female 9.8

Age Deaths per 100,000 population
Under 21 1.5
21 to 34 21.7
35 to 54 37.0
55 and over 11.5

Death rates by gender and age: Drug-related suicide, 2009
Gender Deaths per 100,000 population
Male 1.3
Female 0.8

Age Deaths per 100,000 population
Under 21 0.0
21 to 34 *
35 to 54 2.0
55 and over 1.5

Place of death, 2009
Drug-related Deaths
Health care facility 216
Home 188
Public place 5
Other 79
Not documented 0

Drug-related suicide Deaths
Health care facility 6
Home 13
Public place *
Other 7
Not documented 0

Drug-related deaths by drug category, 2008-2009
Drug category Drug-related Drug-related suicide
Deaths, 2008 Deaths, 2009 Single-drug deaths, 2009 Deaths, 2008 Deaths, 2009 Single-drug deaths, 2009
NOTES: Alcohol row includes alcohol in combination with other drugs (all ages) and alcohol alone in decedents under age 21. Club drugs row includes MDMA (Ecstasy), GHB, flunitrazepam (Rohypnol), and ketamine. Hallucinogens row includes PCP, LSD, and miscellaneous hallucinogens.
ALL DRUGS 415 488 163 28 28 11
Alcohol 140 169 0 14 11 0
Cocaine 139 171 30 9 * 0
Marijuana 0 0 0 0 0 0
Stimulants * * 0 0 0 0
Club drugs * 0 0 0 0 0
Hallucinogens * 7 * * 0 0
Inhalants * * * 0 * 0
Antidepressants 32 34 4 8 8 0
Antipsychotics 11 9 * 4 5 *
Benzodiazepines 28 47 * * * 0
Misc. anxiolytics, sedatives, and hypnotics 20 23 5 7 10 *
Opiates/opioids 348 400 117 9 7 *
– Heroin (specified) 75 128 42 * * *
– Methadone 119 107 31 0 0 0
– All other opiates/opioids 189 202 44 8 5 *
Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory agents 0 0 0 0 0 0
Salicylates/combinations 0 0 0 0 * *
Misc. analgesics/combinations 17 14 0 * 6 *
Anticonvulsants 0 * 0 0 0 0
Muscle relaxants 7 6 * * * 0

End Notes

1. Drug-related deaths exclude suicides.
2. All death rates are per 100,000 population.
3. An asterisk (*) signifies that a small number of deaths was suppressed to protect privacy.
SOURCE: Center for Behavioral Health Statistics and Quality, SAMHSA, Drug Abuse Warning Network, 2009.

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