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

Drug-related deaths reported to DAWN 67
Drug-related suicide deaths reported to DAWN 7
Population 490,258
Drug-related deaths per 100,000 population 13.7
Drug-related suicide deaths per 100,000 population 1.4

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 59 67 10 4 7 --
Alcohol* 11 17 0 0 -- --
Cocaine 25 36 5 0 -- --
Marijuana -- 5 0 0 0 --
Stimulants -- 6 0 0 0 --
Club drugs 0 0 0 0 0 --
Hallucinogens†† 0 0 0 0 0 --
Inhalants 0 0 0 0 -- --
Antidepressants 9 12 -- -- -- --
Antipsychotics -- -- 0 -- 0 --
Benzodiazepines 10 8 0 -- -- --
Misc. anxiolytics, sedatives, and hypnotics -- -- 0 0 -- --
– Opiates/opioids 38 56 -- -- -- --
– Heroin (specified) -- 6 0 0 0 --
– Methadone 10 13 -- -- 0 --
All other opiates/opioids 30 50 -- 0 -- --
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 0 --
Muscle relaxants -- 0 0 0 0 --

Deaths by manner of death, 2007
Suicide 9.5%
Homicide 0.0%
Could not be determined 4.1%
Accidental 81.1%
Natural 5.4%

Place of death, 2007
Drug-related Deaths
Health care facility 26
Home 28
Public place --
Other 8
Not documented --

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

Death rates by gender and age: Drug-related, 2007
Gender Deaths per 100,000 population
Male 18.4
Female 9.2

Age Deaths per 100,000 population
Under 21 2.2
21 to 34 22.9
35 to 54 27.0
55 and over 4.1

Top 5 drugs involved: Drug-related deaths, 2007
Drug category Single-drug deaths Multi-drug deaths Total
Opiates/opioids 3 53 56
Cocaine 5 31 36
Alcohol 0 17 17
Antidepressants 1 11 12
Benzodiazepines 0 8 8

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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