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Worcester, MA

Drug-related deaths reported to DAWN 90
Drug-related suicide deaths reported to DAWN 11
Metro area population, 2005 781,704
Population covered by DAWN 781,704
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 (1) 90 11.5 11 1.4 781,704
1. Worcester County, MA 90 11.5 11 1.4 781,704

Deaths by manner of death, 2005
Suicide 10.9%
Homicide 0.0%
Could not be determined 7.9%
Natural/accidental 81.2%

Place of death, 2005
Drug-related Deaths
Health care facility 46
Home 33
Public place --
Other 9
Not documented 0

Drug-related suicide Deaths
Health care facility --
Home 7
Public place 0
Other --
Not documented 0

Top 5 drugs involved: Drug-related deaths, 2005
Drug category Single-drug deaths Multi-drug deaths Total
Opiates/opioids 18 41 59
Cocaine 8 21 29
Alcohol 2 22 24
Antidepressants 1 11 12
Antipsychotics 1 3 4

Top 5 drugs involved: Drug-related suicide deaths, 2005
Drug category Single-drug deaths Multi-drug deaths Total
Alcohol 0 4 4

Gender and age death rates: Drug-related, 2005
Gender Deaths per 100,000 population
Male 14.4
Female 8.8

Age Deaths per 100,000 population
Under 21 2.2
21 to 34 16.4
35 to 54 21.7
55 and over 5.2

Gender and age death rates: Drug-related suicide, 2005
Gender Deaths per 100,000 population
Male 2.4
Female 0.5

Age Deaths per 100,000 population
Under 21 0.9
21 to 34 0.7
35 to 54 2.9
55 and over 0.6

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   90 40   11 --
Alcohol*   24 --   4 --
Cocaine   29 8   -- --
Marijuana   4 --   0 --
Stimulants   0 0   0 --
Club drugs   0 0   0 --
Hallucinogens††   0 0   0 --
Inhalants   -- 0   -- --
Antidepressants   12 --   -- --
Antipsychotics   4 --   -- --
Benzodiazepines   -- --   -- --
Misc. anxiolytics, sedatives, and hypnotics   0 0   -- --
Opiates/opioids   59 18   -- --
– Heroin (specified)   15 7   0 --
– Methadone   12 --   -- --
– All other opiates/opioids   34 8   -- --
Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory agents   0 0   0 --
Salicylates/combinations   0 0   0 --
Misc. analgesics/combinations   -- --   0 --
Anticonvulsants   -- 0   0 --
Muscle relaxants   0 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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