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


Drug-related deaths reported to DAWN 71
Drug-related suicide deaths reported to DAWN 6
Population 666,303
Drug-related deaths per 100,000 population 10.7
Drug-related suicide deaths per 100,000 population 0.9

Deaths by manner of death, 2009
Suicide 7.8%
Homicide 0.0%
Could not be determined 3.9%
Accidental 85.7%
Natural 2.6%

Top 5 drugs involved: Drug-related deaths, 2009
Drug category Single-drug deaths Multi-drug deaths Total
Opiates/opioids 21 38 59
Cocaine 0 19 19
Benzodiazepines 0 16 16
Alcohol 0 14 14
Antidepressants 1 13 14

Death rates by gender and age: Drug-related, 2009
Gender Deaths per 100,000 population
Male 12.1
Female 9.3

Age Deaths per 100,000 population
Under 21 *
21 to 34 22.1
35 to 54 16.4
55 and over 5.7

Place of death, 2009
Drug-related Deaths
Health care facility 29
Home 35
Public place *
Other 4
Not documented *

Drug-related suicide Deaths
Health care facility *
Home *
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 77 71 26 6 6 0
Alcohol 21 14 0 * * -
Cocaine 32 19 0 * * -
Marijuana 8 * 0 0 * -
Stimulants * 0 0 0 0 -
Club drugs 0 0 0 0 0 -
Hallucinogens 0 0 0 0 0 -
Inhalants 0 * 0 * 0 -
Antidepressants 14 14 * * 4 -
Antipsychotics * * 0 * 0 -
Benzodiazepines 15 16 0 * * -
Misc. anxiolytics, sedatives, and hypnotics * * 0 * * -
Opiates/opioids 65 59 21 * * -
– Heroin (specified) * 7 * 0 * -
– Methadone 11 14 4 * 0 -
– All other opiates/opioids 57 43 16 * * -
Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory agents 0 0 0 0 0 -
Salicylates/combinations 0 0 0 0 0 -
Misc. analgesics/combinations * * 0 * 0 -
Anticonvulsants * 0 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.
4. A dash (-) represents a blank cell.
SOURCE: Center for Behavioral Health Statistics and Quality, SAMHSA, Drug Abuse Warning Network, 2009.

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