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Buffalo-Niagara Falls, NY: Erie County, NY

Drug-related deaths reported to DAWN 69
Drug-related suicide deaths reported to DAWN 8
Population 921,390
Drug-related deaths per 100,000 population 7.5
Drug-related suicide deaths per 100,000 population 0.9

Drug-related deaths by drug category, 2005-2006
Drug category Drug-related Drug-related suicide
Deaths, 2005 Deaths, 2006 Single-drug
deaths, 2006
Deaths, 2005 Deaths, 2006 Single-drug
deaths, 2006
* 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 82 69 12 11 8 --
Alcohol* 15 16 0 -- -- --
Cocaine 21 27 4 -- 0 --
Marijuana 16 11 0 0 0 --
Stimulants -- 0 0 0 0 --
Club drugs 0 0 0 0 0 --
Hallucinogens†† 0 0 0 0 0 --
Inhalants 0 -- 0 -- 0 --
Antidepressants 24 16 -- -- 4 --
Antipsychotics 4 6 0 -- -- --
Benzodiazepines 12 10 0 -- -- --
Misc. anxiolytics, sedatives, and hypnotics 9 11 0 4 -- --
Opiates/opioids 72 49 5 -- 5 --
– Heroin (specified) 25 9 -- 0 0 --
– Methadone 16 8 0 0 -- --
– All other opiates/opioids 39 34 -- -- 4 --
Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory agents 0 0 0 0 0 --
Salicylates/combinations 0 0 0 -- 0 --
Misc. analgesics/combinations 9 6 -- -- 0 --
Anticonvulsants -- 0 0 0 0 --
Muscle relaxants -- 6 0 0 0 --

Deaths by manner of death, 2006
Suicide 10.4%
Homicide 0.0%
Could not be determined 70.1%
Accidental 13.0%
Natural 6.5%

Place of death, 2006
Drug-related Deaths
Health care facility 26
Home 36
Public place --
Other 6
Not documented 0

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

Death rates by gender and age: Drug-related, 2006
Gender Deaths per 100,000 population
Male 8.8
Female 6.3

Age Deaths per 100,000 population
Under 21 0.8
21 to 34 8.3
35 to 54 17.5
55 and over 2.8

Top 5 drugs involved: Drug-related deaths, 2006
Drug category Single-drug deaths Multi-drug deaths Total
Opiates/opioids 5 44 49
Cocaine 4 23 27
Antidepressants 1 15 16
Alcohol 0 16 16
Misc. anxiolytics, sedatives, and hypnotics 0 11 11

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, 2006 (08/2008 update).

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