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Worcester, MA


Drug-related deaths reported to DAWN 92
Drug-related suicide deaths reported to DAWN 10
Metro area population, 2009 803,701
Population covered by DAWN 803,701
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 (1) 92 11.4 10 1.2 803,701
1. Worcester County, MA 92 11.4 10 1.2 803,701

Deaths by manner of death, 2009
Suicide 9.8%
Homicide 1.0%
Could not be determined 5.9%
Accidental 76.5%
Natural 6.9%

Top 5 drugs involved: Drug-related deaths, 2009
Drug category Single-drug deaths Multi-drug deaths Total
Opiates/opioids 20 42 62
Alcohol 0 26 26
Cocaine 3 21 24
Marijuana 0 8 8
Antidepressants 2 6 8

Top 5 drugs involved: Drug-related suicide deaths, 2009
Drug category Single-drug deaths Multi-drug deaths Total
Misc. analgesics/combinations 1 3 4

Death rates by gender and age: Drug-related, 2009
Gender Deaths per 100,000 population
Male 15.6
Female 7.4

Age Deaths per 100,000 population
Under 21 0.0
21 to 34 16.9
35 to 54 20.2
55 and over 9.3

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 0.0
35 to 54 2.4
55 and over 2.1

Place of death, 2009
Drug-related Deaths
Health care facility 45
Home 38
Public place *
Other 4
Not documented *

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

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 113 92 38 14 10 5
Alcohol 34 26 0 8 * 0
Cocaine 38 24 * * 0 0
Marijuana 14 8 0 * 0 0
Stimulants 0 0 0 0 0 0
Club drugs 0 * 0 0 0 0
Hallucinogens 0 0 0 0 0 0
Inhalants 0 * 0 0 * *
Antidepressants 12 8 * 6 * *
Antipsychotics 4 0 0 * * 0
Benzodiazepines 18 6 0 * * 0
Misc. anxiolytics, sedatives, and hypnotics 6 * 0 * * 0
Opiates/opioids 87 62 20 5 * *
– Heroin (specified) 6 4 * 0 0 0
– Methadone 22 17 6 0 0 0
– All other opiates/opioids 68 48 13 5 * *
Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory agents 0 0 0 0 0 0
Salicylates/combinations 0 * 0 0 * 0
Misc. analgesics/combinations * * * 0 4 *
Anticonvulsants * 0 0 * 0 0
Muscle relaxants * 0 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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