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


Drug-related deaths reported to DAWN 62
Drug-related suicide deaths reported to DAWN 10
Population 498,344
Drug-related deaths per 100,000 population 12.4
Drug-related suicide deaths per 100,000 population 2.0

Deaths by manner of death, 2009
Suicide 13.9%
Homicide 0.0%
Could not be determined 4.2%
Accidental 72.2%
Natural 9.7%

Top 5 drugs involved: Drug-related deaths, 2009
Drug category Single-drug deaths Multi-drug deaths Total
Opiates/opioids 18 37 55
Cocaine 1 22 23
Alcohol 0 15 15
Benzodiazepines 0 12 12
Antidepressants 0 4 4

Death rates by gender and age: Drug-related, 2009
Gender Deaths per 100,000 population
Male 16.4
Female 8.7

Age Deaths per 100,000 population
Under 21 *
21 to 34 28.6
35 to 54 17.9
55 and over 9.9

Place of death, 2009
Drug-related Deaths
Health care facility 24
Home 31
Public place *
Other 4
Not documented *

Drug-related suicide Deaths
Health care facility 4
Home 5
Public place 0
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 67 62 21 8 10 *
Alcohol 25 15 0 4 * *
Cocaine 18 23 * 0 0 *
Marijuana 4 * 0 0 0 *
Stimulants * * 0 * * *
Club drugs 0 * 0 0 0 *
Hallucinogens 0 0 0 0 0 *
Inhalants 0 0 0 * 0 *
Antidepressants 12 4 0 * 5 *
Antipsychotics * 0 0 * * *
Benzodiazepines 13 12 0 * * *
Misc. anxiolytics, sedatives, and hypnotics * * 0 * * *
Opiates/opioids 58 55 18 * 4 *
– Heroin (specified) 5 4 * 0 0 *
– Methadone 6 11 * 0 0 *
– All other opiates/opioids 49 41 14 * 4 *
Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory agents 0 * 0 * 0 *
Salicylates/combinations 0 0 0 0 0 *
Misc. analgesics/combinations * * 0 * * *
Anticonvulsants 0 0 0 0 * *
Muscle relaxants * * 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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