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Boston-Cambridge-Quincy, MA-NH


Drug-related deaths reported to DAWN 635
Drug-related suicide deaths reported to DAWN 58
Metro area population, 2009 4,588,680
Population covered by DAWN 4,588,680
Percent of population covered by DAWN 100%

Metro area overview: Deaths and population by county, 2009
County Drug-related Drug-related suicide Population
Deaths Rate Deaths Rate
Total participating (7) 635 13.8 58 1.3 4,588,680
1. Essex County, MA 105 14.1 8 1.1 742,582
2. Middlesex County, MA 166 11.0 17 1.1 1,505,006
3. Norfolk County, MA 71 10.7 6 0.9 666,303
4. Plymouth County, MA 62 12.4 10 2.0 498,344
5. Suffolk County, MA 186 24.7 9 1.2 753,580
6. Rockingham County, NH 32 10.7 4 1.3 299,276
7. Strafford County, NH 13 10.5 4 3.2 123,589

Deaths by manner of death, 2009
Suicide 8.4%
Homicide 0.1%
Could not be determined 4.3%
Accidental 82.0%
Natural 5.2%

Top 5 drugs involved: Drug-related deaths, 2009
Drug category Single-drug deaths Multi-drug deaths Total
Opiates/opioids 140 341 481
Cocaine 29 180 209
Alcohol 0 174 174
Benzodiazepines 0 107 107
Antidepressants 4 67 71

Top 5 drugs involved: Drug-related suicide deaths, 2009
Drug category Single-drug deaths Multi-drug deaths Total
Antidepressants 4 26 30
Benzodiazepines 0 20 20
Opiates/opioids 1 18 19
Alcohol 0 16 16
Misc. anxiolytics, sedatives, and hypnotics 0 12 12

Death rates by gender and age: Drug-related, 2009
Gender Deaths per 100,000 population
Male 19.2
Female 8.8

Age Deaths per 100,000 population
Under 21 0.9
21 to 34 17.5
35 to 54 23.6
55 and over 12.7

Death rates by gender and age: Drug-related suicide, 2009
Gender Deaths per 100,000 population
Male 1.3
Female 1.2

Age Deaths per 100,000 population
Under 21 0.0
21 to 34 1.7
35 to 54 1.5
55 and over 2.0

Place of death, 2009
Drug-related Deaths
Health care facility 244
Home 309
Public place 7
Other 67
Not documented 8

Drug-related suicide Deaths
Health care facility 19
Home 30
Public place *
Other 5
Not documented *

Drug-related deaths by drug category, 2008-2009
Drug category Drug-related Drug-related suicide
Deaths, 2008 Deaths, 2009 Single-drug deaths, 2009 Deaths, 2008 Deaths, 2009 Single-drug deaths, 2009
NOTES: Alcohol row includes alcohol in combination with other drugs (all ages) and alcohol alone in decedents under age 21. Club drugs row includes MDMA (Ecstasy), GHB, flunitrazepam (Rohypnol), and ketamine. Hallucinogens row includes PCP, LSD, and miscellaneous hallucinogens.
ALL DRUGS 584 635 231 75 58 12
Alcohol 180 174 0 22 16 0
Cocaine 211 209 29 11 * 0
Marijuana 39 23 0 5 * 0
Stimulants 19 10 0 * * 0
Club drugs 0 4 * 0 0 0
Hallucinogens 0 0 0 0 0 0
Inhalants * * * 5 4 *
Antidepressants 61 71 4 23 30 4
Antipsychotics 14 9 0 12 10 0
Benzodiazepines 113 107 0 19 20 0
Misc. anxiolytics, sedatives, and hypnotics 19 21 * 13 12 0
Opiates/opioids 431 481 140 34 19 *
– Heroin (specified) 35 42 12 * * 0
– Methadone 79 121 31 4 * 0
– All other opiates/opioids 347 356 97 30 16 *
Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory agents 0 * 0 * 0 0
Salicylates/combinations * * * 0 * *
Misc. analgesics/combinations 10 17 5 13 8 *
Anticonvulsants 7 7 * * 5 *
Muscle relaxants 5 11 0 * * 0

End Notes

1. Drug-related deaths exclude suicides.
2. All death rates are per 100,000 population.
3. An asterisk (*) signifies that a small number of deaths was suppressed to protect privacy.
SOURCE: Center for Behavioral Health Statistics and Quality, SAMHSA, Drug Abuse Warning Network, 2009.

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