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Boston-Cambridge-Quincy, MA-NH: Middlesex County, MA

Drug misuse deaths reported to DAWN 121
Suicide deaths reported to DAWN 11
Population 1,464,628
Drug misuse deaths per 1,000,000 population 82.6
Suicide deaths per 1,000,000 population 7.5

Drug-related deaths by drug category, 2003-2004
Drug category Drug misuse Suicide
Deaths,
2003
Deaths,
2004
Single-drug
deaths,
2004
Deaths,
2003
Deaths,
2004
Single-drug
deaths,
2004
1 Includes alcohol in combination with other drugs (all ages) and alcohol alone in decedents under age 21.
2 Includes MDMA (Ecstasy), GHB, flunitrazepam (Rohypnol), and ketamine.
3 Includes PCP, LSD, and miscellaneous hallucinogens.
ALL DRUGS 108 121 42 14 11 7
Alcohol1 18 42 0 -- 4 0
Cocaine 45 49 7 4 4 --
Marijuana -- -- 0 0 -- 0
Stimulants 0 -- 0 0 0 0
Club drugs2 0 0 0 0 0 0
Hallucinogens3 0 0 0 0 0 0
Inhalants -- -- -- -- -- --
 
Antidepressants 4 10 -- -- 0 0
Antipsychotics 5 -- -- -- -- --
Benzodiazepines 19 12 0 -- -- 0
Misc. anxiolytics, sedatives, and hypnotics -- -- 0 0 -- --
Opiates/opioids 72 93 30 6 -- 0
– Heroin (specified) 24 39 14 -- 0 0
– Methadone 4 13 5 0 0 0
– All other opiates/opioids 46 44 11 6 -- 0
Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory agents 0 0 0 0 0 0
Salicylates/combinations 0 0 0 0 0 0
Misc. analgesics/combinations 0 -- -- -- -- --
Anticonvulsants -- 0 0 0 0 0
Muscle relaxants 0 0 0 0 0 0

Deaths by case type, 2004
Suicide 8.3%
Overmedication 2.3%
Homicide 0.0%
All other accidental 0.8%
Could not be determined 88.6%

Causes of death, 2004
Drug misuse Deaths
Any drug-related cause 121
– Abuse 28
– Drug or alcohol 121
– Toxic effects 110
Body systems (includes infections) 11
Accidents and injuries 18

Place of death, 2004
Drug misuse Deaths
Health care facility 30
Home 66
Public place 6
Other 19
Not documented 0

Death rates by gender and age: Drug misuse, 2004
Gender Deaths per 1,000,000 population
Male 134.6
Female 33.3

Age Deaths per 1,000,000 population
Under 21 13.2
21 to 34 132.9
35 to 54 155.6
55 and over 17.9

Top 5 drugs involved: Drug misuse deaths, 2004
Drug category Single-drug deaths Multi-drug deaths Total
Opiates/opioids 30 63 93
Cocaine 7 42 49
Alcohol 0 42 42
Benzodiazepines 0 12 12
Antidepressants 1 9 10

End Notes
-- Indicates a number less than 4 has been suppressed.
SOURCE: Office of Applied Studies, SAMHSA, Drug Abuse Warning Network 2004 (11/2005 update).

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