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Baltimore-Towson, MD

Drug-related deaths reported to DAWN 526
Drug-related suicide deaths reported to DAWN 35
Metro area population, 2006 2,658,405
Population covered by DAWN 2,658,405
Percent of population covered by DAWN 100%

Metro area overview: Deaths and population by county, 2006
Metro area component Drug-related Drug-related suicide Population
Deaths Rate Deaths Rate
Total participating (7) 526 19.8 35 1.3 2,658,405
1. Anne Arundel County, MD 56 11.0 8 1.6 509,300
2. Baltimore City, MD 303 48.0 9 1.4 631,366
3. Baltimore County, MD 97 12.3 13 1.7 787,384
4. Carroll County, MD 16 9.4 3 1.8 170,260
5. Harford County, MD 36 14.9 1 0.4 241,402
6. Howard County, MD 17 6.2 1 0.4 272,452
7. Queen Anne's County, MD 1 2.2 0 0.0 46,241

Deaths by manner of death, 2006
Suicide 6.2%
Homicide 0.0%
Could not be determined 88.8%
Accidental 2.1%
Natural 2.9%

Place of death, 2006
Drug-related Deaths
Health care facility 218
Home 201
Public place 15
Other 91
Not documented --

Drug-related suicide Deaths
Health care facility 10
Home 21
Public place --
Other --
Not documented 0

Top 5 drugs involved: Drug-related deaths, 2006
Drug category Single-drug deaths Multi-drug deaths Total
Opiates/opioids 105 317 422
Cocaine 42 206 248
Alcohol 4 195 199
Antidepressants 4 30 34
Miscellaneous analgesics/combinations 3 18 21

Top 5 drugs involved: Drug-related suicide deaths, 2006
Drug category Single-drug deaths Multi-drug deaths Total
Opiates/opioids 3 11 14
Alcohol 0 13 13
Antidepressants 2 7 9
Misc. anxiolytics, sedatives, and hypnotics 0 6 6
Benzodiazepines 0 5 5

Death rates by gender and age: Drug-related, 2006
Gender Deaths per 100,000 population
Male 30.1
Female 10.2

Age Deaths per 100,000 population
Under 21 2.8
21 to 34 23.3
35 to 54 42.1
55 and over 8.2

Death rates by gender and age: Drug-related suicide, 2006
Gender Deaths per 100,000 population
Male 1.3
Female 1.3

Age Deaths per 100,000 population
Under 21 0.5
21 to 34 1.9
35 to 54 2.0
55 and over 1.0

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 477 526 167 23 35 11
Alcohol* 134 199 4 8 13 0
Cocaine 179 248 42 -- 5 --
Marijuana 0 -- 0 0 0 0
Stimulants -- -- -- 0 0 0
Club drugs -- -- 0 0 0 0
Hallucinogens†† 5 -- 0 0 0 0
Inhalants 0 -- -- 0 0 0
Antidepressants 45 34 4 4 9 --
Antipsychotics 12 12 -- 4 -- 0
Benzodiazepines 13 11 -- -- 5 0
Misc. anxiolytics, sedatives, and hypnotics 29 17 -- 9 6 0
Opiates/opioids 399 422 105 9 14 --
– Heroin (specified) 11 12 0 0 0 0
– Methadone 139 136 44 -- 0 0
– All other opiates/opioids 297 329 61 9 14 --
Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory agents 0 0 0 0 0 0
Salicylates/combinations 0 -- 0 0 -- 0
Misc. analgesics/combinations 29 21 -- 7 4 --
Anticonvulsants -- 5 -- -- -- 0
Muscle relaxants 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, 2006 (08/2008 update).

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