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Boston-Cambridge-Quincy, MA-NH: Essex County, MA

Drug-related deaths reported to DAWN 141
Drug-related suicide deaths reported to DAWN 13
Population 733,101
Drug-related deaths per 100,000 population 19.2
Drug-related suicide deaths per 100,000 population 1.8

Drug-related deaths by drug category, 2006-2007
Drug category Drug-related Drug-related suicide
Deaths, 2006 Deaths, 2007 Single-drug
deaths, 2007
Deaths, 2006 Deaths, 2007 Single-drug
deaths, 2007
* 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 109 141 22 14 13 --
Alcohol* 28 44 0 -- -- --
Cocaine 46 62 -- -- 0 --
Marijuana 0 15 0 0 -- --
Stimulants -- 7 -- 0 -- --
Club drugs 0 -- 0 0 0 --
Hallucinogens†† 0 0 0 0 0 --
Inhalants -- 0 0 -- -- --
Antidepressants 18 24 -- 7 5 --
Antipsychotics -- 5 0 -- -- --
Benzodiazepines 12 39 -- -- 4 --
Misc. anxiolytics, sedatives, and hypnotics 9 4 0 -- -- --
– Opiates/opioids 84 108 12 5 4 --
– Heroin (specified) 8 6 0 0 0 --
– Methadone 25 28 -- 0 0 --
All other opiates/opioids 58 91 9 5 4 --
Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory agents 0 0 0 0 0 --
Salicylates/combinations 0 0 0 0 0 --
Misc. analgesics/combinations -- -- 0 0 -- --
Anticonvulsants 0 4 0 0 0 --
Muscle relaxants -- -- 0 -- 0 --

Deaths by manner of death, 2007
Suicide 8.4%
Homicide 0.0%
Could not be determined 5.8%
Accidental 72.7%
Natural 13.0%

Place of death, 2007
Drug-related Deaths
Health care facility 51
Home 62
Public place 5
Other 17
Not documented 6

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

Death rates by gender and age: Drug-related, 2007
Gender Deaths per 100,000 population
Male 24.6
Female 14.2

Age Deaths per 100,000 population
Under 21 3.4
21 to 34 26.1
35 to 54 36.4
55 and over 10.2

Top 5 drugs involved: Drug-related deaths, 2007
Drug category Single-drug deaths Multi-drug deaths Total
Opiates/opioids 12 96 108
Cocaine 3 59 62
Alcohol 0 44 44
Benzodiazepines 1 38 39
Antidepressants 1 23 24

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, 2007 (08/2008 update).

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