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Portland-South Portland-Biddeford, ME

Drug-related deaths reported to DAWN 41
Drug-related suicide deaths reported to DAWN 5
Metro area population, 2006 513,667
Population covered by DAWN 513,667
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 (3) 41 8.0 5 1.0 513,667
1. Cumberland County, ME 22 8.0 2 0.7 274,598
2. Sagadahoc County, ME 0 0.0 1 2.7 36,837
3. York County, ME 19 9.4 2 1.0 202,232

Deaths by manner of death, 2006
Suicide 10.9%
Homicide 0.0%
Could not be determined 0.0%
Accidental 89.1%
Natural 0.0%

Place of death, 2006
Drug-related Deaths
Health care facility 7
Home 21
Public place 4
Other 9
Not documented 0

Drug-related suicide Deaths
Health care facility 0
Home 5
Public place 0
Other 0
Not documented 0

Top 5 drugs involved: Drug-related deaths, 2006
Drug category Single-drug deaths Multi-drug deaths Total
Opiates/opioids 17 15 32
Cocaine 1 9 10
Alcohol 4 6 10
Benzodiazepines 0 6 6

Top 5 drugs involved: Drug-related suicide deaths, 2006
No single drug had 4 or more deaths.

Death rates by gender and age: Drug-related, 2006
Gender Deaths per 100,000 population
Male 11.2
Female 5.0

Age Deaths per 100,000 population
Under 21 3.8
21 to 34 17.5
35 to 54 10.7
55 and over 3.0

Death rates by gender and age: Drug-related suicide, 2006
Gender Deaths per 100,000 population
Male 1.6
Female 0.4

Age Deaths per 100,000 population
Under 21 0.0
21 to 34 1.3
35 to 54 1.8
55 and over 0.7

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 54 41 22 15 5 --
Alcohol* 15 10 4 4 -- --
Cocaine 9 10 -- 0 0 --
Marijuana 0 0 0 0 0 --
Stimulants 0 0 0 0 0 --
Club drugs -- 0 0 0 0 --
Hallucinogens†† 0 0 0 0 0 --
Inhalants 0 0 0 0 0 --
Antidepressants 8 -- 0 6 -- --
Antipsychotics -- -- 0 -- -- --
Benzodiazepines 9 6 0 4 -- --
Misc. anxiolytics, sedatives, and hypnotics -- -- 0 -- 0 --
Opiates/opioids 47 32 17 5 -- --
– Heroin (specified) 5 -- -- -- 0 --
– Methadone 20 16 7 -- -- --
– All other opiates/opioids 28 15 9 -- -- --
Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory agents 0 0 0 0 0 --
Salicylates/combinations 0 -- 0 0 -- --
Misc. analgesics/combinations -- 0 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, 2006 (08/2008 update).

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