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

Drug misuse deaths reported to DAWN 128
Suicide deaths reported to DAWN 13
Population 666,022
Drug misuse deaths per 1,000,000 population 192.2
Suicide deaths per 1,000,000 population 19.5

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 132 128 52 14 13 7
Alcohol1 29 36 -- 4 4 0
Cocaine 80 53 10 7 -- --
Marijuana -- -- 0 0 0 0
Stimulants 0 -- -- 0 0 0
Club drugs2 -- -- 0 0 0 0
Hallucinogens3 0 0 0 0 0 0
Inhalants 0 0 0 0 0 0
 
Antidepressants 4 11 -- -- 4 0
Antipsychotics -- -- 0 0 -- 0
Benzodiazepines 27 9 -- -- -- --
Misc. anxiolytics, sedatives, and hypnotics -- -- 0 -- 0 0
Opiates/opioids 68 91 33 4 4 --
– Heroin (specified) 20 44 17 -- 0 0
– Methadone 0 8 -- 0 0 0
– All other opiates/opioids 49 41 13 -- 4 --
Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory agents 0 0 0 0 0 0
Salicylates/combinations 0 0 0 0 0 0
Misc. analgesics/combinations -- -- -- -- -- --
Anticonvulsants -- -- 0 0 0 0
Muscle relaxants 0 -- 0 0 0 0

Deaths by case type, 2004
Suicide 9.2%
Overmedication 2.1%
Homicide 0.0%
All other accidental 2.1%
Could not be determined 86.5%

Causes of death, 2004
Drug misuse Deaths
Any drug-related cause 127
– Abuse 26
– Drug or alcohol 125
– Toxic effects 114
Body systems (includes infections) 30
Accidents and injuries 17

Place of death, 2004
Drug misuse Deaths
Health care facility 29
Home 67
Public place 13
Other 19
Not documented 0

Death rates by gender and age: Drug misuse, 2004
Gender Deaths per 1,000,000 population
Male 296.7
Female 95.9

Age Deaths per 1,000,000 population
Under 21 17.6
21 to 34 165.4
35 to 54 485.4
55 and over 55.1

Top 5 drugs involved: Drug misuse deaths, 2004
Drug category Single-drug deaths Multi-drug deaths Total
Opiates/opioids 33 58 91
Cocaine 10 43 53
Alcohol 1 35 36
Antidepressants 3 8 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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