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


Drug-related deaths reported to DAWN 186
Drug-related suicide deaths reported to DAWN 9
Population 753,580
Drug-related deaths per 100,000 population 24.7
Drug-related suicide deaths per 100,000 population 1.2

Deaths by manner of death, 2009
Suicide 4.6%
Homicide 0.0%
Could not be determined 3.1%
Accidental 84.6%
Natural 7.7%

Top 5 drugs involved: Drug-related deaths, 2009
Drug category Single-drug deaths Multi-drug deaths Total
Opiates/opioids 33 84 117
Cocaine 17 54 71
Alcohol 0 45 45
Benzodiazepines 0 18 18
Antidepressants 1 9 10

Death rates by gender and age: Drug-related, 2009
Gender Deaths per 100,000 population
Male 35.1
Female 14.9

Age Deaths per 100,000 population
Under 21 *
21 to 34 14.1
35 to 54 48.4
55 and over 38.6

Place of death, 2009
Drug-related Deaths
Health care facility 81
Home 76
Public place *
Other 25
Not documented *

Drug-related suicide Deaths
Health care facility 5
Home *
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 153 186 86 13 9 *
Alcohol 43 45 0 * * *
Cocaine 60 71 17 * 0 *
Marijuana 12 * 0 * 0 *
Stimulants * 4 0 0 0 *
Club drugs 0 * * 0 0 *
Hallucinogens 0 0 0 0 0 *
Inhalants * 0 0 0 * *
Antidepressants 12 10 * * 4 *
Antipsychotics * 4 0 * * *
Benzodiazepines 25 18 0 * * *
Misc. anxiolytics, sedatives, and hypnotics 4 4 * * 0 *
Opiates/opioids 95 117 33 7 * *
– Heroin (specified) 9 10 5 0 0 *
– Methadone 14 30 7 0 * *
– All other opiates/opioids 78 88 21 7 * *
Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory agents 0 0 0 0 0 *
Salicylates/combinations * 0 0 0 0 *
Misc. analgesics/combinations * 6 * 5 * *
Anticonvulsants * * * 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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