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


Drug-related deaths reported to DAWN 105
Drug-related suicide deaths reported to DAWN 8
Population 742,582
Drug-related deaths per 100,000 population 14.1
Drug-related suicide deaths per 100,000 population 1.1

Deaths by manner of death, 2009
Suicide 7.1%
Homicide 0.0%
Could not be determined 4.4%
Accidental 84.1%
Natural 4.4%

Top 5 drugs involved: Drug-related deaths, 2009
Drug category Single-drug deaths Multi-drug deaths Total
Opiates/opioids 27 58 85
Alcohol 0 36 36
Cocaine 2 34 36
Benzodiazepines 0 24 24
Antidepressants 2 16 18

Death rates by gender and age: Drug-related, 2009
Gender Deaths per 100,000 population
Male 21.1
Female 7.6

Age Deaths per 100,000 population
Under 21 *
21 to 34 23.1
35 to 54 25.5
55 and over 9.7

Place of death, 2009
Drug-related Deaths
Health care facility 35
Home 58
Public place *
Other 11
Not documented 0

Drug-related suicide Deaths
Health care facility *
Home 4
Public place *
Other *
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 92 105 33 17 8 *
Alcohol 34 36 0 7 * *
Cocaine 41 36 * 4 0 *
Marijuana 9 4 0 * 0 *
Stimulants 5 5 0 * * *
Club drugs 0 * 0 0 0 *
Hallucinogens 0 0 0 0 0 *
Inhalants * 0 0 * * *
Antidepressants 6 18 * 6 * *
Antipsychotics 4 * 0 * * *
Benzodiazepines 16 24 0 6 5 *
Misc. anxiolytics, sedatives, and hypnotics 5 5 0 4 * *
Opiates/opioids 69 85 27 10 4 *
– Heroin (specified) 6 6 * 0 * *
– Methadone 18 22 7 * 0 *
– All other opiates/opioids 50 64 18 9 * *
Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory agents 0 0 0 * 0 *
Salicylates/combinations 0 * * 0 * *
Misc. analgesics/combinations * * 0 0 * *
Anticonvulsants * 0 0 0 * *
Muscle relaxants 0 5 0 * 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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