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Worcester, MA

Drug-related deaths reported to DAWN 102
Drug-related suicide deaths reported to DAWN 15
Metro area population, 2007 781,352
Population covered by DAWN 781,352
Percent of population covered by DAWN 100%

Metro area overview: Deaths and population by county, 2007
Metro area component Drug-related Drug-related suicide Population
Deaths Rate Deaths Rate
Total participating (1) 102 13.1 15 1.9 781,352
1. Worcester County, MA 102 13.1 15 1.9 781,352

Deaths by manner of death, 2007
Suicide 12.8%
Homicide 0.0%
Could not be determined 14.5%
Accidental 67.5%
Natural 5.1%

Place of death, 2007
Drug-related Deaths
Health care facility 27
Home 55
Public place --
Other 13
Not documented 5

Drug-related suicide Deaths
Health care facility --
Home 12
Public place 0
Other --
Not documented 0

Top 5 drugs involved: Drug-related deaths, 2007
Drug category Single-drug deaths Multi-drug deaths Total
Opiates/opioids 12 70 82
Cocaine 2 39 41
Alcohol 0 29 29
Antidepressants 0 21 21
Benzodiazepines 0 10 10

Top 5 drugs involved: Drug-related suicide deaths, 2007
Drug category Single-drug deaths Multi-drug deaths Total
Antidepressants 1 7 8
Antipsychotics 0 6 6
Alcohol 0 6 6
Cocaine 0 4 4

Death rates by gender and age: Drug-related, 2007
Gender Deaths per 100,000 population
Male 15.4
Female 10.8

Age Deaths per 100,000 population
Under 21 0.9
21 to 34 17.4
35 to 54 23.5
55 and over 10.0

Death rates by gender and age: Drug-related suicide, 2007
Gender Deaths per 100,000 population
Male 1.3
Female 2.5

Age Deaths per 100,000 population
Under 21 0.0
21 to 34 4.4
35 to 54 2.9
55 and over 1.1

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 106 102 19 11 15 --
Alcohol* 26 29 0 6 6 --
Cocaine 42 41 -- -- 4 --
Marijuana -- 9 -- 0 -- --
Stimulants -- -- 0 -- -- --
Club drugs 0 0 0 0 0 --
Hallucinogens†† 0 0 0 0 0 --
Inhalants -- 0 0 0 -- --
Antidepressants 26 21 0 5 8 --
Antipsychotics 6 5 0 -- 6 --
Benzodiazepines 11 10 0 -- -- --
Misc. anxiolytics, sedatives, and hypnotics 4 -- 0 -- 0 --
Opiates/opioids 78 82 12 -- -- --
– Heroin (specified) -- 7 -- 0 0 --
– Methadone 14 18 -- 0 0 --
– All other opiates/opioids 66 71 10 -- -- --
Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory agents 0 0 0 0 0 --
Salicylates/combinations 0 0 0 0 0 --
Misc. analgesics/combinations -- 4 -- -- 0 --
Anticonvulsants 0 0 0 0 -- --
Muscle relaxants -- 4 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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