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


Drug-related deaths reported to DAWN 166
Drug-related suicide deaths reported to DAWN 17
Population 1,505,006
Drug-related deaths per 100,000 population 11.0
Drug-related suicide deaths per 100,000 population 1.1

Deaths by manner of death, 2009
Suicide 9.3%
Homicide 0.5%
Could not be determined 4.4%
Accidental 82.0%
Natural 3.8%

Top 5 drugs involved: Drug-related deaths, 2009
Drug category Single-drug deaths Multi-drug deaths Total
Opiates/opioids 30 97 127
Cocaine 9 46 55
Alcohol 0 51 51
Benzodiazepines 0 26 26
Antidepressants 0 20 20

Death rates by gender and age: Drug-related, 2009
Gender Deaths per 100,000 population
Male 15.9
Female 6.4

Age Deaths per 100,000 population
Under 21 *
21 to 34 14.8
35 to 54 19.3
55 and over 8.7

Place of death, 2009
Drug-related Deaths
Health care facility 60
Home 85
Public place *
Other 18
Not documented *

Drug-related suicide Deaths
Health care facility 5
Home 9
Public place *
Other *
Not documented *

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 160 166 50 22 17 4
Alcohol 45 51 0 5 4 0
Cocaine 54 55 9 * * 0
Marijuana 6 12 0 * * 0
Stimulants 7 0 0 * * 0
Club drugs 0 0 0 0 0 0
Hallucinogens 0 0 0 0 0 0
Inhalants 0 * * * * *
Antidepressants 14 20 0 10 8 *
Antipsychotics 5 * 0 6 4 0
Benzodiazepines 34 26 0 6 7 0
Misc. anxiolytics, sedatives, and hypnotics 4 7 0 * 5 0
Opiates/opioids 119 127 30 7 4 *
– Heroin (specified) 6 11 * * 0 0
– Methadone 20 29 6 * 0 0
– All other opiates/opioids 102 97 22 5 4 *
Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory agents 0 0 0 0 0 0
Salicylates/combinations 0 0 0 0 0 0
Misc. analgesics/combinations * 4 * * * 0
Anticonvulsants * * 0 0 * 0
Muscle relaxants * * 0 0 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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