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Massachusetts


Drug-related deaths reported to DAWN 822
Drug-related suicide deaths reported to DAWN 82
State population, 2010 6,594,083
Population covered by DAWN 6,594,083
Percent of population covered by DAWN 100%

State overview: Deaths and population by county, 2010
County Drug-related Drug-related suicide Population
Deaths Rate Deaths Rate
Total participating (14) 822 12.5 82 1.2 6,594,083
1. Barnstable County 24 10.9 4 1.8 221,157
2. Berkshire County 6 4.6 0 0.0 129,308
3. Bristol County 106 19.4 13 2.4 547,486
4. Dukes County 1 6.3 0 0.0 15,976
5. Essex County 80 10.8 7 0.9 742,661
6. Franklin County 6 8.4 3 4.2 71,786
7. Hampden County 71 15.1 4 0.8 471,107
8. Hampshire County 18 11.5 3 1.9 156,079
9. Middlesex County 145 9.6 16 1.1 1,505,126
10. Nantucket County 2 17.7 0 0.0 11,321
11. Norfolk County 61 9.2 12 1.8 666,384
12. Plymouth County 48 9.6 2 0.4 498,395
13. Suffolk County 137 18.2 12 1.6 753,516
14. Worcester County 117 14.6 6 0.7 803,781

Deaths by manner of death, 2010
Suicide 9.1%
Homicide 0.1%
Could not be determined 5.5%
Accidental 77.8%
Natural 7.5%

Top 5 drugs involved: Drug-related deaths, 2010
Drug category Single-drug deaths Multi-drug deaths Total
Opiates/opioids 233 359 592
Cocaine 65 175 240
Alcohol 1 215 216
Antidepressants 4 86 90
Benzodiazepines 2 84 86

Top 5 drugs involved: Drug-related suicide deaths, 2010
Drug category Single-drug deaths Multi-drug deaths Total
Antidepressants 4 26 30
Opiates/opioids 5 18 23
Alcohol 1 19 20
Benzodiazepines 0 14 14
Misc. anxiolytics, sedatives, and hypnotics 4 8 12

Death rates by sex and age: Drug-related, 2010
Sex Deaths per 100,000 population
Male 17.8
Female 7.5

Age Deaths per 100,000 population
Under 21 0.7
21 to 34 17.9
35 to 54 21.0
55 and over 10.7

Death rates by sex and age: Drug-related suicide, 2010
Sex Deaths per 100,000 population
Male 1.2
Female 1.2

Age Deaths per 100,000 population
Under 21 *
21 to 34 1.1
35 to 54 2.0
55 and over 1.7

Place of death, 2010
Drug-related Deaths
Health care facility 334
Home 380
Public place 18
Other 69
Not documented 21

Drug-related suicide Deaths
Health care facility 18
Home 45
Public place 6
Other 10
Not documented *

Drug-related deaths by drug category, 2009-2010
Drug category Drug-related Drug-related suicide
Deaths, 2009 Deaths, 2010 Single-drug deaths, 2010 Deaths, 2009 Deaths, 2010 Single-drug deaths, 2010
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 939 822 376 87 82 31
Alcohol 253 216 * 26 20 *
Cocaine 309 240 65 5 4 *
Marijuana 46 5 0 * 0 0
Stimulants 13 8 * * * 0
Club drugs 4 0 0 0 * 0
Hallucinogens * * 0 0 0 0
Inhalants 4 6 5 7 11 9
Antidepressants 101 90 4 35 30 4
Antipsychotics 16 25 7 15 9 *
Benzodiazepines 142 86 * 23 14 0
Misc. anxiolytics, sedatives, and hypnotics 31 30 * 18 12 4
Opiates/opioids 702 592 233 28 23 5
– Heroin (specified) 76 90 47 * 0 0
– Methadone 160 94 31 * * 0
– All other opiates/opioids 520 432 155 24 22 5
Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory agents * * 0 0 * 0
Salicylates/combinations 4 8 4 * * *
Misc. analgesics/combinations 23 24 4 11 10 *
Anticonvulsants 9 11 * 7 8 0
Muscle relaxants 13 14 0 6 * 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, 2010.

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