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Rhode Island


Drug-related deaths reported to DAWN 182
Drug-related suicide deaths reported to DAWN 27
State population, 2009 1,053,209
Population covered by DAWN 1,053,209
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 (5) 182 17.3 27 2.6 1,053,209
1. Bristol County 6 12.1 2 4.0 49,542
2. Kent County 30 17.8 4 2.4 168,752
3. Newport County 5 6.2 1 1.2 80,300
4. Providence County 116 18.5 16 2.5 627,690
5. Washington County 25 19.7 4 3.2 126,925

Deaths by manner of death, 2009
Suicide 12.9%
Homicide 0.0%
Could not be determined 1.0%
Accidental 80.9%
Natural 5.3%

Top 5 drugs involved: Drug-related deaths, 2009
Drug category Single-drug deaths Multi-drug deaths Total
Opiates/opioids 18 99 117
Alcohol 3 57 60
Benzodiazepines 0 51 51
Cocaine 10 37 47
Antidepressants 0 35 35

Top 5 drugs involved: Drug-related suicide deaths, 2009
Drug category Single-drug deaths Multi-drug deaths Total
Opiates/opioids 1 12 13
Antidepressants 0 12 12
Misc. analgesics/combinations 1 7 8
Benzodiazepines 0 7 7
Misc. anxiolytics, sedatives, and hypnotics 1 6 7

Death rates by gender and age: Drug-related, 2009
Gender Deaths per 100,000 population
Male 23.3
Female 11.6

Age Deaths per 100,000 population
Under 21 3.5
21 to 34 18.0
35 to 54 31.4
55 and over 15.2

Death rates by gender and age: Drug-related suicide, 2009
Gender Deaths per 100,000 population
Male 2.7
Female 2.4

Age Deaths per 100,000 population
Under 21 *
21 to 34 *
35 to 54 4.6
55 and over 3.6

Place of death, 2009
Drug-related Deaths
Health care facility 63
Home 99
Public place 9
Other 10
Not documented *

Drug-related suicide Deaths
Health care facility 4
Home 18
Public place 4
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 193 182 51 34 27 6
Alcohol 48 60 * 12 6 0
Cocaine 48 47 10 5 * 0
Marijuana * 7 0 0 * 0
Stimulants * * 0 0 0 0
Club drugs 0 * 0 0 0 0
Hallucinogens 0 0 0 0 0 0
Inhalants * 0 0 * * *
Antidepressants 47 35 0 17 12 0
Antipsychotics 11 9 0 10 * 0
Benzodiazepines 43 51 0 5 7 0
Misc. anxiolytics, sedatives, and hypnotics 10 6 * 7 7 *
Opiates/opioids 133 117 18 7 13 *
– Heroin (specified) 10 12 * 0 0 0
– Methadone 31 38 5 * * 0
– All other opiates/opioids 99 79 11 7 11 *
Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory agents 0 * 0 0 0 0
Salicylates/combinations * 4 * 0 * 0
Misc. analgesics/combinations 7 * * 4 8 *
Anticonvulsants 9 * 0 * 0 0
Muscle relaxants 9 * 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.