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Baltimore-Towson, MD

Drug-related deaths reported to DAWN 477
Drug-related suicide deaths reported to DAWN 23
Metro area population, 2005 2,651,069
Population covered by DAWN 2,651,069
Percent of population covered by DAWN 100%

Metro area overview: Deaths and population by county, 2005
Metro area component Drug-related Drug-related suicide Population
Deaths Rate Deaths Rate
Total participating (7) 477 18.0 23 0.9 2,651,069
1. Anne Arundel County, MD 54 10.6 2 0.4 509,397
2. Baltimore city, MD 285 44.8 2 0.3 636,377
3. Baltimore County, MD 87 11.1 12 1.5 783,405
4. Carroll County, MD 11 6.5 2 1.2 168,397
5. Harford County, MD 25 10.5 2 0.8 238,850
6. Howard County, MD 13 4.8 3 1.1 269,174
7. Queen Anne's County, MD 2 4.4 0 0.0 45,469

Deaths by manner of death, 2005
Suicide 4.6%
Homicide 0.2%
Could not be determined 91.6%
Natural/accidental 3.6%

Place of death, 2005
Drug-related Deaths
Health care facility 193
Home 198
Public place 12
Other 74
Not documented 0

Drug-related suicide Deaths
Health care facility 6
Home 13
Public place 0
Other 4
Not documented 0

Top 5 drugs involved: Drug-related deaths, 2005
Drug category Single-drug deaths Multi-drug deaths Total
Opiates/opioids 117 282 399
Cocaine 33 146 179
Alcohol 1 133 134
Antidepressants 3 42 45
Miscellaneous analgesics/combinations 2 27 29

Top 5 drugs involved: Drug-related suicide deaths, 2005
Drug category Single-drug deaths Multi-drug deaths Total
Opiates/opioids 3 6 9
Misc. anxiolytics, sedatives, and hypnotics 1 8 9
Alcohol 0 8 8
Miscellaneous analgesics/combinations 1 6 7
Antipsychotics 1 3 4

Gender and age death rates: Drug-related, 2005
Gender Deaths per 100,000 population
Male 26.2
Female 10.3

Age Deaths per 100,000 population
Under 21 1.5
21 to 34 20.9
35 to 54 40.0
55 and over 6.2

Gender and age death rates: Drug-related suicide, 2005
Gender Deaths per 100,000 population
Male 0.9
Female 0.8

Age Deaths per 100,000 population
Under 21 0.1
21 to 34 0.8
35 to 54 1.8
55 and over 0.5

Drug-related deaths by drug category, 2004-2005
Drug category Drug-related Drug-related suicide
Deaths, 2004 Deaths, 2005 Single-drug deaths, 2005 Deaths, 2004 Deaths, 2005 Single-drug deaths, 2005
* Includes alcohol in combination with other drugs (all ages) and alcohol alone in decedents under age 21.
Includes MDMA (Ecstasy), GHB, flunitrazepam (Rohypnol), and ketamine.
†† Includes PCP, LSD, and miscellaneous hallucinogens.
ALL DRUGS 468 477 160 23 23 7
Alcohol* 149 134 -- 7 8 0
Cocaine 194 179 33 4 -- 0
Marijuana -- 0 0 0 0 0
Stimulants -- -- 0 0 0 0
Club drugs -- -- 0 0 0 0
Hallucinogens†† -- 5 0 0 0 0
Inhalants -- 0 0 0 0 0
Antidepressants 67 45 -- 4 4 --
Antipsychotics 17 12 -- -- 4 --
Benzodiazepines 18 13 0 -- -- 0
Misc. anxiolytics, sedatives, and hypnotics 49 29 -- 10 9 --
Opiates/opioids 385 399 117 9 9 --
– Heroin (specified) 68 11 0 -- 0 0
– Methadone 107 139 56 0 -- 0
– All other opiates/opioids 328 297 61 9 9 --
Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory agents 0 0 0 0 0 0
Salicylates/combinations -- 0 0 0 0 0
Misc. analgesics/combinations 45 29 -- 7 7 --
Anticonvulsants -- -- 0 0 -- 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. -- A number less than 4 has been suppressed.

SOURCE: Office of Applied Studies, SAMHSA, Drug Abuse Warning Network, 2005 (08/2008 update).

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