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Boston-Cambridge-Quincy, MA-NH

Drug-related deaths reported to DAWN 564
Drug-related suicide deaths reported to DAWN 56
Metro area population, 2005 4,448,884
Population covered by DAWN 4,448,884
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) 564 12.7 56 1.3 4,448,884
1. Essex County, MA 116 15.8 11 1.5 734,261
2. Middlesex County, MA 150 10.2 20 1.4 1,464,985
3. Norfolk County, MA 60 9.2 11 1.7 652,530
4. Plymouth County, MA 65 13.2 7 1.4 491,934
5. Suffolk County, MA 155 22.4 3 0.4 691,965
6. Rockingham County, NH 9 3.1 3 1.0 294,211
7. Strafford County, NH 9 7.6 1 0.8 118,998

Deaths by manner of death, 2005
Suicide 9.0%
Homicide 0.0%
Could not be determined 6.0%
Natural/accidental 85.0%

Place of death, 2005
Drug-related Deaths
Health care facility 225
Home 237
Public place 20
Other 77
Not documented 5

Drug-related suicide Deaths
Health care facility 8
Home 32
Public place --
Other 10
Not documented --

Top 5 drugs involved: Drug-related deaths, 2005
Drug category Single-drug deaths Multi-drug deaths Total
Opiates/opioids 112 307 419
Cocaine 40 194 234
Alcohol 4 172 176
Benzodiazepines 3 55 58
Antidepressants 5 52 57

Top 5 drugs involved: Drug-related suicide deaths, 2005
Drug category Single-drug deaths Multi-drug deaths Total
Antidepressants 6 14 20
Alcohol 1 15 16
Opiates/opioids 3 12 15
Antipsychotics 1 11 12
Miscellaneous analgesics/combinations 3 4 7

Gender and age death rates: Drug-related, 2005
Gender Deaths per 100,000 population
Male 18.4
Female 7.3

Age Deaths per 100,000 population
Under 21 1.4
21 to 34 19.0
35 to 54 25.0
55 and over 4.0

Gender and age death rates: Drug-related suicide, 2005
Gender Deaths per 100,000 population
Male 1.2
Female 1.3

Age Deaths per 100,000 population
Under 21 0.2
21 to 34 1.5
35 to 54 1.9
55 and over 1.5

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 445 564 193 50 56 21
Alcohol* 127 176 4 16 16 --
Cocaine 164 234 40 12 5 --
Marijuana 7 10 0 -- 0 0
Stimulants 4 7 -- 0 0 0
Club drugs -- 4 -- 0 0 0
Hallucinogens†† 0 0 0 0 0 0
Inhalants -- 0 0 -- 0 0
Antidepressants 47 57 5 10 20 6
Antipsychotics 7 21 -- 11 12 --
Benzodiazepines 40 58 -- 7 6 0
Misc. anxiolytics, sedatives, and hypnotics 5 9 0 6 5 --
Opiates/opioids 323 419 112 8 15 --
– Heroin (specified) 142 101 37 0 0 0
– Methadone 40 74 16 0 -- 0
– All other opiates/opioids 155 273 59 8 15 --
Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory agents 0 -- 0 0 -- 0
Salicylates/combinations 0 5 -- 0 -- --
Misc. analgesics/combinations 8 11 -- 4 7 --
Anticonvulsants -- 0 0 0 -- 0
Muscle relaxants -- -- -- -- 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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