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

Drug-related deaths reported to DAWN 160
Drug-related suicide deaths reported to DAWN 22
Population 1,482,478
Drug-related deaths per 100,000 population 10.8
Drug-related suicide deaths per 100,000 population 1.5

Deaths by manner of death, 2008
Suicide 12.1%
Homicide 0.0%
Could not be determined 3.3%
Accidental 79.7%
Natural 4.9%

Place of death, 2008
Drug-related Deaths
Health care facility 65
Home 72
Public place --
Other 20
Not documented --

Drug-related suicide Deaths
Health care facility 7
Home 13
Public place 0
Other --
Not documented 0

Top 5 drugs involved: Drug-related deaths, 2008
Drug category Single-drug deaths Multi-drug deaths Total
Opiates/opioids 29 90 119
Cocaine 7 47 54
Alcohol 0 45 45
Benzodiazepines 0 34 34
Antidepressants 0 14 14

Death rates by gender and age: Drug-related, 2008
Gender Deaths per 100,000 population
Male 17.2
Female 4.5

Age Deaths per 100,000 population
Under 21 0.8
21 to 34 15.4
35 to 54 19.4
55 and over 6.9

Drug-related deaths by drug category, 2007-2008
Drug category Drug-related Drug-related suicide
Deaths, 2007 Deaths, 2008 Single-drug deaths, 2008 Deaths, 2007 Deaths, 2008 Single-drug deaths, 2008
* 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 176 160 52 20 22 6
Alcohol* 54 45 0 -- 5 0
Cocaine 76 54 7 -- -- --
Marijuana 10 6 0 0 -- 0
Stimulants 12 7 0 -- -- 0
Club drugs -- 0 0 0 0 0
Hallucinogens†† 0 0 0 0 0 0
Inhalants 0 0 0 -- -- 0
Antidepressants 38 14 0 6 10 0
Antipsychotics 10 5 -- 0 6 --
Benzodiazepines 30 34 0 7 6 --
Misc. anxiolytics, sedatives, and hypnotics 4 4 -- -- -- --
Opiates/opioids 130 119 29 7 7 --
– Heroin (specified) 13 6 -- 0 -- 0
– Methadone 45 20 -- -- -- 0
– All other opiates/opioids 92 102 25 6 5 --
Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory agents 0 0 0 0 0 0
Salicylates/combinations 0 0 0 0 0 0
Misc. analgesics/combinations -- -- 0 -- -- 0
Anticonvulsants 4 -- 0 -- 0 0
Muscle relaxants -- -- 0 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, 2008 (08/2009 update).

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