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Buffalo-Cheektowaga-Tonawanda, NY

Drug misuse deaths reported to DAWN 100
Suicide deaths reported to DAWN 10
Metro area population, 2004 1,154,378
Population covered by DAWN 1,154,378
Percent of population covered by DAWN 100%

Metro area overview: Deaths and population by county, 2004
Metro area component Drug misuse Suicide Total
population
Deaths Rate1 Deaths Rate1
* Indicates area featured in Spotlight section.
1 Deaths per 1,000,000 population.
Total participating (2) 100 86.6 10 8.7 1,154,378
1. Erie County, NY* 86 91.8 8 8.5 936,318
2. Niagara County, NY 14 64.2 2 9.2 218,060

Deaths by case type, 2004
Suicide 9.1%
Overmedication 10.0%
Homicide 0.0%
All other accidental 11.8%
Could not be determined 69.1%

Place of death, 2004
Drug misuse Deaths
Health care facility 31
Home 47
Public place 7
Other 15
Not documented 0

Suicide Deaths
Health care facility --
Home 4
Public place --
Other --
Not documented 0

Top 5 drugs involved: Drug misuse deaths, 2004
Drug category Single-drug deaths Multi-drug deaths Total
Opiates/opioids 8 76 84
Alcohol 0 34 34
Cocaine 2 31 33
Benzodiazepines 0 29 29
Antidepressants 2 23 25

Top 5 drugs involved: Suicide deaths, 2004
Drug category Single-drug deaths Multi-drug deaths Total
Opiates/opioids 0 5 5
Misc. anxiolytics, sedatives, and hypnotics 1 3 4
Antidepressants 0 4 4
Alcohol 0 4 4

Death rates by gender and age: Drug misuse, 2004
Gender Deaths per 1,000,000 population
Male 128.0
Female 48.4

Age Deaths per 1,000,000 population
Under 21 0.0
21 to 34 132.8
35 to 54 192.2
55 and over 26.5

Death rates by gender and age: Suicide, 2004
Gender Deaths per 1,000,000 population
Male 10.8
Female 6.7

Age Deaths per 1,000,000 population
Under 21 6.4
21 to 34 5.1
35 to 54 17.5
55 and over 3.3

Causes of death, 2004
Drug misuse Deaths
Any drug-related cause 89
– Abuse 21
– Drug or alcohol 89
– Toxic effects 68
Body systems (includes infections) 26
Accidents and injuries 0

Suicide Deaths
Any drug-related cause 10
– Abuse --
– Drug or alcohol 10
– Toxic effects 9
Body systems (includes infections) 0
Accidents and injuries 0

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
2 Includes alcohol in combination with other drugs (all ages) and alcohol alone in decedents under age 21.
3 Includes MDMA (Ecstasy), GHB, flunitrazepam (Rohypnol), and ketamine.
4 Includes PCP, LSD, and miscellaneous hallucinogens.
ALL DRUGS 65 100 12 18 10 --
Alcohol2 21 34 0 8 4 --
Cocaine 26 33 -- 4 0 --
Marijuana 7 13 0 -- 0 --
Stimulants 0 0 0 0 0 --
Club drugs3 0 0 0 0 0 --
Hallucinogens4 0 0 0 0 0 --
Inhalants 0 0 0 -- 0 --
 
Antidepressants 27 25 -- 10 4 --
Antipsychotics 4 7 0 -- -- --
Benzodiazepines 19 29 0 -- -- --
Misc. anxiolytics, sedatives, and hypnotics 9 18 0 5 4 --
Opiates/opioids 51 84 8 8 5 --
– Heroin (specified) 17 27 4 -- 0 --
– Methadone 7 7 0 0 0 --
– All other opiates/opioids 44 56 4 8 5 --
Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory agents 0 0 0 0 0 --
Salicylates/combinations 0 0 0 0 0 --
Misc. analgesics/combinations -- -- 0 0 -- --
Anticonvulsants 0 6 0 0 0 --
Muscle relaxants 4 9 0 -- -- --

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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