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Massachusetts

Drug-related deaths reported to DAWN 1,019
Drug-related suicide deaths reported to DAWN 108
Metro area population, 2007 6,449,755
Population covered by DAWN 6,449,755
Percent of population covered by DAWN 100%

State overview: Deaths and population by county, 2007
Counties Drug-related Drug-related suicide Population
Deaths Rate Deaths Rate
Total participating (14) 1,019 15.8 108 1.7 6,449,755
1. Barnstable County 41 18.5 7 3.2 222,175
2. Berkshire County 12 9.2 6 4.6 129,798
3. Bristol County 96 17.7 10 1.8 543,024
4. Dukes County 4 25.8 0 0.0 15,485
5. Essex County 141 19.2 13 1.8 733,101
6. Franklin County 5 7.0 2 2.8 71,602
7. Hampden County 92 20.1 2 0.4 457,908
8. Hampshire County 19 12.4 5 3.3 153,147
9. Middlesex County 176 11.9 20 1.4 1,473,416
10. Nantucket County 0 0.0 0 0.0 10,531
11. Norfolk County 73 11.1 8 1.2 654,909
12. Plymouth County 67 13.7 7 1.4 490,258
13. Suffolk County 191 26.8 13 1.8 713,049
14. Worcester County 102 13.1 15 1.9 781,352

Deaths by manner of death, 2007
Suicide 9.6%
Homicide 0.0%
Could not be determined 6.4%
Accidental 75.9%
Natural 8.2%

Place of death, 2007
Drug-related Deaths
Health care facility 354
Home 489
Public place 30
Other 116
Not documented 30

Drug-related suicide Deaths
Health care facility 29
Home 63
Public place 5
Other 11
Not documented 0

Top 5 drugs involved: Drug-related deaths, 2007
Drug category Single-drug deaths Multi-drug deaths Total
Opiates/opioids 118 654 772
Cocaine 64 386 450
Alcohol 2 301 303
Benzodiazepines 1 174 175
Antidepressants 9 162 171

Top 5 drugs involved: Drug-related suicide deaths, 2007
Drug category Single-drug deaths Multi-drug deaths Total
Antidepressants 5 39 44
Opiates/opioids 4 28 32
Alcohol 1 30 31
Benzodiazepines 0 26 26
Misc. anxiolytics, sedatives, and hypnotics 1 17 18

Death rates by gender and age: Drug-related, 2007
Gender Deaths per 100,000 population
Male 21.6
Female 10.3

Age Deaths per 100,000 population
Under 21 2.2
21 to 34 20.4
35 to 54 30.5
55 and over 8.6

Death rates by gender and age: Drug-related suicide, 2007
Gender Deaths per 100,000 population
Male 1.6
Female 1.7

Age Deaths per 100,000 population
Under 21 0.3
21 to 34 1.6
35 to 54 2.2
55 and over 2.5

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 912 1,019 233 100 108 23
Alcohol* 205 303 -- 28 31 --
Cocaine 394 450 64 10 14 0
Marijuana 13 80 -- 0 4 0
Stimulants 11 42 -- -- 6 0
Club drugs -- -- 0 -- -- 0
Hallucinogens†† 0 0 0 0 0 0
Inhalants 9 -- 0 7 8 4
Antidepressants 159 171 9 45 44 5
Antipsychotics 38 29 -- 18 18 --
Benzodiazepines 89 175 -- 14 26 0
Misc. anxiolytics, sedatives, and hypnotics 32 30 -- 20 18 --
Opiates/opioids 669 772 118 32 32 4
– Heroin (specified) 39 76 6 -- -- 0
– Methadone 166 189 21 6 -- 0
– All other opiates/opioids 522 648 91 26 30 4
Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory agents 0 0 0 0 0 0
Salicylates/combinations -- -- 0 0 -- --
Misc. analgesics/combinations 15 16 -- 6 12 5
Anticonvulsants 4 9 0 5 -- 0
Muscle relaxants 6 15 -- 9 -- 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, 2007 (08/2008 update).

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