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Boston-Cambridge-Quincy, MA-NH


Drug-related deaths reported to DAWN 521
Drug-related suicide deaths reported to DAWN 59
Metro area population, 2010 4,588,990
Population covered by DAWN 4,588,990
Percent of population covered by DAWN 100%

Metro area overview: Deaths and population by county, 2010
County Drug-related Drug-related suicide Population
Deaths Rate Deaths Rate
Total participating (7) 521 11.4 59 1.3 4,588,990
1. Essex County, MA 80 10.8 7 0.9 742,661
2. Middlesex County, MA 145 9.6 16 1.1 1,505,126
3. Norfolk County, MA 61 9.2 12 1.8 666,384
4. Plymouth County, MA 48 9.6 2 0.4 498,395
5. Suffolk County, MA 137 18.2 12 1.6 753,516
6. Rockingham County, NH 29 9.7 6 2.0 299,306
7. Strafford County, NH 21 17.0 4 3.2 123,602

Deaths by manner of death, 2010
Suicide 10.2%
Homicide 0.2%
Could not be determined 5.9%
Accidental 76.0%
Natural 7.8%

Top 5 drugs involved: Drug-related deaths, 2010
Drug category Single-drug deaths Multi-drug deaths Total
Opiates/opioids 135 230 365
Alcohol 0 143 143
Cocaine 41 98 139
Antidepressants 2 64 66
Benzodiazepines 2 64 66

Top 5 drugs involved: Drug-related suicide deaths, 2010
Drug category Single-drug deaths Multi-drug deaths Total
Antidepressants 2 19 21
Opiates/opioids 3 13 16
Benzodiazepines 0 15 15
Alcohol 0 13 13
Antipsychotics 4 7 11

Death rates by sex and age: Drug-related, 2010
Sex Deaths per 100,000 population
Male 15.6
Female 7.3

Age Deaths per 100,000 population
Under 21 0.3
21 to 34 15.1
35 to 54 18.8
55 and over 11.0

Death rates by sex and age: Drug-related suicide, 2010
Sex Deaths per 100,000 population
Male 1.4
Female 1.2

Age Deaths per 100,000 population
Under 21 *
21 to 34 1.0
35 to 54 1.7
55 and over 2.2

Place of death, 2010
Drug-related Deaths
Health care facility 185
Home 268
Public place 11
Other 47
Not documented 10

Drug-related suicide Deaths
Health care facility 12
Home 36
Public place *
Other 5
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 635 521 228 58 59 22
Alcohol 174 143 0 16 13 0
Cocaine 209 139 41 * * *
Marijuana 23 4 0 * 0 0
Stimulants 10 9 * * * 0
Club drugs 4 0 0 0 0 0
Hallucinogens 0 * 0 0 0 0
Inhalants * 5 4 4 7 6
Antidepressants 71 66 * 30 21 *
Antipsychotics 9 14 * 10 11 4
Benzodiazepines 107 66 * 20 15 0
Misc. anxiolytics, sedatives, and hypnotics 21 20 * 12 8 *
Opiates/opioids 481 365 135 19 16 *
– Heroin (specified) 42 52 28 * 0 0
– Methadone 121 67 19 * * 0
– All other opiates/opioids 356 271 88 16 16 *
Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory agents * * 0 0 * 0
Salicylates/combinations * 6 * * * *
Misc. analgesics/combinations 17 19 * 8 7 *
Anticonvulsants 7 9 * 5 4 0
Muscle relaxants 11 9 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, 2010.

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