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Buffalo-Niagara Falls, NY: Erie County, NY

Drug-related deaths reported to DAWN 90
Drug-related suicide deaths reported to DAWN 9
Population 909,845
Drug-related deaths per 100,000 population 9.9
Drug-related suicide deaths per 100,000 population 1.0

Deaths by manner of death, 2008
Suicide 9.1%
Homicide 0.0%
Could not be determined 28.3%
Accidental 54.5%
Natural 8.1%

Place of death, 2008
Drug-related Deaths
Health care facility 23
Home 58
Public place --
Other 7
Not documented 0

Drug-related suicide Deaths
Health care facility --
Home 6
Public place 0
Other 0
Not documented 0

Top 5 drugs involved: Drug-related deaths, 2008
Drug category Single-drug deaths Multi-drug deaths Total
Opiates/opioids 27 39 66
Cocaine 7 20 27
Alcohol 0 18 18
Antidepressants 1 9 10
Benzodiazepines 1 9 10

Death rates by gender and age: Drug-related, 2008
Gender Deaths per 100,000 population
Male 13.9
Female 6.2

Age Deaths per 100,000 population
Under 21 0.8
21 to 34 13.7
35 to 54 20.9
55 and over 4.8

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 70 90 40 7 9 --
Alcohol* 22 18 0 -- -- --
Cocaine 27 27 7 -- -- --
Marijuana 8 -- 0 0 0 --
Stimulants 0 0 0 0 0 --
Club drugs 0 0 0 0 0 --
Hallucinogens†† 0 0 0 0 0 --
Inhalants 0 -- -- 0 0 --
Antidepressants 15 10 -- 5 -- --
Antipsychotics -- 7 0 -- -- --
Benzodiazepines 13 10 -- -- -- --
Misc. anxiolytics, sedatives, and hypnotics 7 5 0 0 -- --
Opiates/opioids 55 66 27 -- -- --
– Heroin (specified) 13 12 6 0 0 --
– Methadone 9 19 9 -- 0 --
– All other opiates/opioids 39 41 12 -- -- --
Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory agents 0 0 0 0 0 --
Salicylates/combinations -- 0 0 -- 0 --
Misc. analgesics/combinations 4 -- 0 -- 4 --
Anticonvulsants -- -- 0 0 -- --
Muscle relaxants 5 -- 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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