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Providence-New Bedford-Fall River, RI-MA

Drug-related deaths reported to DAWN 299
Drug-related suicide deaths reported to DAWN 40
Metro area population, 2008 1,596,611
Population covered by DAWN 1,596,611
Percent of population covered by DAWN 100%

Metro area overview: Deaths and population by county, 2008
Counties Drug-related Drug-related suicide Population
Deaths Rate Deaths Rate
Total participating (6) 299 18.7 40 2.5 1,596,611
1. Bristol County, MA 106 19.4 6 1.1 545,823
2. Bristol County, RI 4 8.0 1 2.0 49,838
3. Kent County, RI 35 20.8 2 1.2 168,058
4. Newport County, RI 9 11.2 4 5.0 80,478
5. Providence County, RI 126 20.1 23 3.7 626,150
6. Washington County, RI 19 15.0 4 3.2 126,264

Deaths by manner of death, 2008
Suicide 11.8%
Homicide 0.0%
Could not be determined 3.8%
Accidental 80.8%
Natural 3.5%

Place of death, 2008
Drug-related Deaths
Health care facility 125
Home 137
Public place 11
Other 24
Not documented --

Drug-related suicide Deaths
Health care facility 14
Home 24
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 41 180 221
Alcohol 2 90 92
Cocaine 15 74 89
Antidepressants 0 60 60
Benzodiazepines 1 58 59

Top 5 drugs involved: Drug-related suicide deaths, 2008
Drug category Single-drug deaths Multi-drug deaths Total
Antidepressants 1 19 20
Alcohol 0 14 14
Opiates/opioids 1 10 11
Antipsychotics 1 9 10
Misc. anxiolytics, sedatives, and hypnotics 0 7 7

Death rates by gender and age: Drug-related, 2008
Gender Deaths per 100,000 population
Male 27.3
Female 10.7

Age Deaths per 100,000 population
Under 21 1.2
21 to 34 24.0
35 to 54 36.0
55 and over 13.3

Death rates by gender and age: Drug-related suicide, 2008
Gender Deaths per 100,000 population
Male 1.9
Female 3.0

Age Deaths per 100,000 population
Under 21 0.7
21 to 34 1.0
35 to 54 5.5
55 and over 2.0

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   299 78   40 9
Alcohol*   92 --   14 0
Cocaine   89 15   6 --
Marijuana   10 0   -- 0
Stimulants   -- 0   0 0
Club drugs   0 0   0 0
Hallucinogens††   0 0   0 0
Inhalants   -- 0   -- --
Antidepressants   60 0   20 --
Antipsychotics   13 --   10 --
Benzodiazepines   59 --   6 0
Misc. anxiolytics, sedatives, and hypnotics   11 0   7 0
Opiates/opioids   221 41   11 --
– Heroin (specified)   21 7   0 0
– Methadone   45 6   -- 0
– All other opiates/opioids   170 28   11 --
Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory agents   0 0   0 0
Salicylates/combinations   -- 0   0 0
Misc. analgesics/combinations   8 0   4 --
Anticonvulsants   9 0   -- 0
Muscle relaxants   10 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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