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Rhode Island

Drug-related deaths reported to DAWN 193
Drug-related suicide deaths reported to DAWN 34
State population, 2008 1,050,788
Population covered by DAWN 1,050,788
Percent of population covered by DAWN 100%

State overview: Deaths and population by county, 2008
Counties Drug-related Drug-related suicide Population
Deaths Rate Deaths Rate
Total participating (5) 193 18.4 34 3.2 1,050,788
1. Bristol County 4 8.0 1 2.0 49,838
2. Kent County 35 20.8 2 1.2 168,058
3. Newport County 9 11.2 4 5.0 80,478
4. Providence County 126 20.1 23 3.7 626,150
5. Washington County 19 15.0 4 3.2 126,264

Deaths by manner of death, 2008
Suicide 15.0%
Homicide 0.0%
Could not be determined 3.5%
Accidental 77.5%
Natural 4.0%

Place of death, 2008
Drug-related Deaths
Health care facility 83
Home 88
Public place 7
Other 15
Not documented 0

Drug-related suicide Deaths
Health care facility 11
Home 21
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 32 101 133
Alcohol 2 46 48
Cocaine 12 36 48
Antidepressants 0 47 47
Benzodiazepines 1 42 43

Top 5 drugs involved: Drug-related suicide deaths, 2008
Drug category Single-drug deaths Multi-drug deaths Total
Antidepressants 0 17 17
Alcohol 0 12 12
Antipsychotics 1 9 10
Misc. anxiolytics, sedatives, and hypnotics 0 7 7
Opiates/opioids 0 7 7

Death rates by gender and age: Drug-related, 2008
Gender Deaths per 100,000 population
Male 26.5
Female 10.7

Age Deaths per 100,000 population
Under 21 1.8
21 to 34 25.4
35 to 54 31.0
55 and over 16.4

Death rates by gender and age: Drug-related suicide, 2008
Gender Deaths per 100,000 population
Male 2.8
Female 3.7

Age Deaths per 100,000 population
Under 21 0.7
21 to 34 1.1
35 to 54 8.1
55 and over 1.9

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   193 62   34 7
Alcohol*   48 --   12 0
Cocaine   48 12   5 --
Marijuana   -- 0   0 0
Stimulants   -- 0   0 0
Club drugs   0 0   0 0
Hallucinogens††   0 0   0 0
Inhalants   -- 0   -- --
Antidepressants   47 0   17 0
Antipsychotics   11 --   10 --
Benzodiazepines   43 --   5 0
Misc. anxiolytics, sedatives, and hypnotics   10 0   7 0
Opiates/opioids   133 32   7 0
– Heroin (specified)   10 5   0 0
– Methadone   31 5   -- 0
– All other opiates/opioids   99 22   7 0
Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory agents   0 0   0 0
Salicylates/combinations   -- 0   0 0
Misc. analgesics/combinations   7 0   4 --
Anticonvulsants   9 0   -- 0
Muscle relaxants   9 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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