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Providence-New Bedford-Fall River, RI-MA


Drug-related deaths reported to DAWN 278
Drug-related suicide deaths reported to DAWN 33
Metro area population, 2009 1,600,642
Population covered by DAWN 1,600,642
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 (6) 278 17.4 33 2.1 1,600,642
1. Bristol County, MA 96 17.5 6 1.1 547,433
2. Bristol County, RI 6 12.1 2 4.0 49,542
3. Kent County, RI 30 17.8 4 2.4 168,752
4. Newport County, RI 5 6.2 1 1.2 80,300
5. Providence County, RI 116 18.5 16 2.5 627,690
6. Washington County, RI 25 19.7 4 3.2 126,925

Deaths by manner of death, 2009
Suicide 10.6%
Homicide 0.3%
Could not be determined 2.3%
Accidental 81.0%
Natural 5.8%

Top 5 drugs involved: Drug-related deaths, 2009
Drug category Single-drug deaths Multi-drug deaths Total
Opiates/opioids 39 159 198
Alcohol 3 79 82
Cocaine 14 67 81
Benzodiazepines 0 70 70
Antidepressants 1 45 46

Top 5 drugs involved: Drug-related suicide deaths, 2009
Drug category Single-drug deaths Multi-drug deaths Total
Opiates/opioids 2 13 15
Antidepressants 0 14 14
Alcohol 0 9 9
Benzodiazepines 0 8 8
Misc. anxiolytics, sedatives, and hypnotics 1 7 8

Death rates by gender and age: Drug-related, 2009
Gender Deaths per 100,000 population
Male 24.9
Female 10.3

Age Deaths per 100,000 population
Under 21 2.6
21 to 34 22.0
35 to 54 31.8
55 and over 12.9

Death rates by gender and age: Drug-related suicide, 2009
Gender Deaths per 100,000 population
Male 2.3
Female 1.8

Age Deaths per 100,000 population
Under 21 *
21 to 34 *
35 to 54 3.6
55 and over 2.9

Place of death, 2009
Drug-related Deaths
Health care facility 100
Home 145
Public place 11
Other 19
Not documented *

Drug-related suicide Deaths
Health care facility 6
Home 20
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 299 278 83 40 33 7
Alcohol 92 82 * 14 9 0
Cocaine 89 81 14 6 * 0
Marijuana 10 14 0 * * 0
Stimulants * 4 0 0 0 0
Club drugs 0 * 0 0 0 0
Hallucinogens 0 0 0 0 0 0
Inhalants * 0 0 * * *
Antidepressants 60 46 * 20 14 0
Antipsychotics 13 11 * 10 6 0
Benzodiazepines 59 70 0 6 8 0
Misc. anxiolytics, sedatives, and hypnotics 11 7 * 7 8 *
Opiates/opioids 221 198 39 11 15 *
– Heroin (specified) 21 17 * 0 0 0
– Methadone 45 48 8 * 4 *
– All other opiates/opioids 170 149 28 11 12 *
Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory agents 0 * 0 0 0 0
Salicylates/combinations * 4 * 0 * 0
Misc. analgesics/combinations 8 5 * 4 8 *
Anticonvulsants 9 * 0 * * 0
Muscle relaxants 10 * 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.