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Worcester, MA

Drug-related deaths reported to DAWN 106
Drug-related suicide deaths reported to DAWN 11
Metro area population, 2006 784,992
Population covered by DAWN 784,992
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 (1) 106 13.5 11 1.4 784,992
1. Worcester County, MA 106 13.5 11 1.4 784,992

Deaths by manner of death, 2006
Suicide 9.4%
Homicide 0.0%
Could not be determined 6.0%
Accidental 78.6%
Natural 6.0%

Place of death, 2006
Drug-related Deaths
Health care facility 43
Home 47
Public place --
Other 6
Not documented 7

Drug-related suicide Deaths
Health care facility --
Home 7
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 24 54 78
Cocaine 9 33 42
Antidepressants 2 24 26
Alcohol 0 26 26
Benzodiazepines 0 11 11

Top 5 drugs involved: Drug-related suicide deaths, 2006
Drug category Single-drug deaths Multi-drug deaths Total
Alcohol 0 6 6
Antidepressants 0 5 5

Death rates by gender and age: Drug-related, 2006
Gender Deaths per 100,000 population
Male 18.5
Female 8.7

Age Deaths per 100,000 population
Under 21 1.4
21 to 34 14.1
35 to 54 29.4
55 and over 4.5

Death rates by gender and age: Drug-related suicide, 2006
Gender Deaths per 100,000 population
Male 1.6
Female 1.2

Age Deaths per 100,000 population
Under 21 0.0
21 to 34 0.0
35 to 54 2.9
55 and over 2.3

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 90 106 37 11 11 --
Alcohol* 24 26 0 4 6 --
Cocaine 29 42 9 -- -- --
Marijuana 4 -- 0 0 0 --
Stimulants 0 -- 0 0 -- --
Club drugs 0 0 0 0 0 --
Hallucinogens†† 0 0 0 0 0 --
Inhalants -- -- -- -- 0 --
Antidepressants 12 26 -- -- 5 --
Antipsychotics 4 6 -- -- -- --
Benzodiazepines -- 11 0 -- -- --
Misc. anxiolytics, sedatives, and hypnotics 0 4 0 -- -- --
Opiates/opioids 59 78 24 -- -- --
– Heroin (specified) 15 -- -- 0 0 --
– Methadone 12 14 -- -- 0 --
– All other opiates/opioids 34 66 20 -- -- --
Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory agents 0 0 0 0 0 --
Salicylates/combinations 0 0 0 0 0 --
Misc. analgesics/combinations -- -- 0 0 -- --
Anticonvulsants -- 0 0 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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