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

Drug misuse deaths reported to DAWN 79
Suicide deaths reported to DAWN 11
Population 738,984
Drug misuse deaths per 1,000,000 population 106.9
Suicide deaths per 1,000,000 population 14.9

Drug-related deaths by drug category, 2003-2004
Drug category Drug misuse Suicide
Deaths,
2003
Deaths,
2004
Single-drug
deaths,
2004
Deaths,
2003
Deaths,
2004
Single-drug
deaths,
2004
1 Includes alcohol in combination with other drugs (all ages) and alcohol alone in decedents under age 21.
2 Includes MDMA (Ecstasy), GHB, flunitrazepam (Rohypnol), and ketamine.
3 Includes PCP, LSD, and miscellaneous hallucinogens.
ALL DRUGS 93 79 39 13 11 6
Alcohol1 20 24 -- -- -- 0
Cocaine 37 19 4 5 -- --
Marijuana -- -- 0 0 0 0
Stimulants 0 -- 0 0 0 0
Club drugs2 0 0 0 0 0 0
Hallucinogens3 0 0 0 0 0 0
Inhalants -- 0 0 0 0 0
 
Antidepressants 10 11 4 4 -- 0
Antipsychotics 0 -- 0 0 5 --
Benzodiazepines 14 9 -- 0 -- 0
Misc. anxiolytics, sedatives, and hypnotics -- -- 0 -- -- --
Opiates/opioids 62 57 29 6 -- --
– Heroin (specified) 28 25 15 0 0 0
– Methadone 7 9 4 -- 0 0
– All other opiates/opioids 31 24 10 4 -- --
Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory agents 0 0 0 0 0 0
Salicylates/combinations -- 0 0 0 0 0
Misc. analgesics/combinations -- 0 0 0 0 0
Anticonvulsants 0 0 0 0 0 0
Muscle relaxants -- 0 0 0 0 0

Deaths by case type, 2004
Suicide 12.2%
Overmedication 3.3%
Homicide 0.0%
All other accidental 1.1%
Could not be determined 83.3%

Causes of death, 2004
Drug misuse Deaths
Any drug-related cause 79
– Abuse 18
– Drug or alcohol 79
– Toxic effects 75
Body systems (includes infections) 11
Accidents and injuries 7

Place of death, 2004
Drug misuse Deaths
Health care facility 19
Home 42
Public place 7
Other 11
Not documented 0

Death rates by gender and age: Drug misuse, 2004
Gender Deaths per 1,000,000 population
Male 154.6
Female 62.9

Age Deaths per 1,000,000 population
Under 21 24.0
21 to 34 163.0
35 to 54 208.0
55 and over 34.2

Top 5 drugs involved: Drug misuse deaths, 2004
Drug category Single-drug deaths Multi-drug deaths Total
Opiates/opioids 29 28 57
Alcohol 1 23 24
Cocaine 4 15 19
Antidepressants 4 7 11
Benzodiazepines 1 8 9

End Notes
-- Indicates a number less than 4 has been suppressed.
SOURCE: Office of Applied Studies, SAMHSA, Drug Abuse Warning Network 2004 (11/2005 update).

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