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Buffalo-Niagara Falls, NY: Erie County, NY


Drug-related deaths reported to DAWN 85
Drug-related suicide deaths reported to DAWN 12
Population 909,247
Drug-related deaths per 100,000 population 9.3
Drug-related suicide deaths per 100,000 population 1.3

Deaths by manner of death, 2009
Suicide 12.4%
Homicide 0.0%
Could not be determined 10.3%
Accidental 74.2%
Natural 3.1%

Top 5 drugs involved: Drug-related deaths, 2009
Drug category Single-drug deaths Multi-drug deaths Total
Opiates/opioids 27 46 73
Alcohol 0 19 19
Cocaine 5 12 17
Benzodiazepines 0 13 13
Antidepressants 1 9 10

Death rates by gender and age: Drug-related, 2009
Gender Deaths per 100,000 population
Male 12.5
Female 6.4

Age Deaths per 100,000 population
Under 21 3.0
21 to 34 11.9
35 to 54 18.7
55 and over 4.3

Place of death, 2009
Drug-related Deaths
Health care facility 27
Home 44
Public place 7
Other 7
Not documented 0

Drug-related suicide Deaths
Health care facility *
Home 8
Public place *
Other 0
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 90 85 35 9 12 7
Alcohol 18 19 0 * * 0
Cocaine 27 17 5 * * 0
Marijuana * 4 0 0 * 0
Stimulants 0 0 0 0 0 0
Club drugs 0 0 0 0 0 0
Hallucinogens 0 0 0 0 0 0
Inhalants * 0 0 0 * *
Antidepressants 10 10 * * * 0
Antipsychotics 7 * * * * 0
Benzodiazepines 10 13 0 * * 0
Misc. anxiolytics, sedatives, and hypnotics 5 5 0 * * *
Opiates/opioids 66 73 27 * 7 *
– Heroin (specified) 12 8 4 0 0 0
– Methadone 19 13 6 0 * 0
– All other opiates/opioids 41 59 17 * 6 *
Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory agents 0 0 0 0 0 0
Salicylates/combinations 0 0 0 0 0 0
Misc. analgesics/combinations * 7 0 4 * 0
Anticonvulsants * 0 0 * 0 0
Muscle relaxants * 6 * 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.

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