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Baltimore-Towson, MD

Drug misuse deaths reported to DAWN 468
Suicide deaths reported to DAWN 23
Metro area population, 2004 2,639,213
Population covered by DAWN 2,639,213
Percent of population covered by DAWN 100%

Metro area overview: Deaths and population by county, 2004
Metro area component Drug misuse Suicide Total
population
Deaths Rate1 Deaths Rate1
* Indicates area featured in Spotlight section.
1 Deaths per 1,000,000 population.
Total participating (7) 468 177.3 23 8.7 2,639,213
1. Anne Arundel County, MD 46 90.4 1 2.0 508,572
2. Baltimore city, MD* 286 449.5 5 7.9 636,251
3. Baltimore County, MD* 91 116.5 13 16.6 780,821
4. Carroll County, MD 13 78.2 2 12.0 166,159
5. Harford County, MD 16 67.9 0 0.0 235,594
6. Howard County, MD 13 48.7 2 7.5 266,738
7. Queen Anne's County, MD 3 66.6 0 0.0 45,078

Deaths by case type, 2004
Suicide 4.7%
Overmedication 0.0%
Homicide 0.2%
All other accidental 3.1%
Could not be determined 92.1%

Place of death, 2004
Drug misuse Deaths
Health care facility 164
Home 212
Public place 13
Other 78
Not documented --

Suicide Deaths
Health care facility 5
Home 15
Public place --
Other --
Not documented 0

Top 5 drugs involved: Drug misuse deaths, 2004
Drug category Single-drug deaths Multi-drug deaths Total
Opiates/opioids 63 322 385
Cocaine 26 168 194
Alcohol 7 142 149
Antidepressants 2 65 67
Misc. anxiolytics, sedatives, and hypnotics 2 47 49

Top 5 drugs involved: Suicide deaths, 2004
Drug category Single-drug deaths Multi-drug deaths Total
Misc. anxiolytics, sedatives, and hypnotics 2 8 10
Opiates/opioids 2 7 9
Misc. analgesics/combinations 1 6 7
Alcohol 0 7 7
Antidepressants 0 4 4

Death rates by gender and age: Drug misuse, 2004
Gender Deaths per 1,000,000 population
Male 257.3
Female 101.5

Age Deaths per 1,000,000 population
Under 21 15.6
21 to 34 224.7
35 to 54 391.7
55 and over 49.0

Death rates by gender and age: Suicide, 2004
Gender Deaths per 1,000,000 population
Male 10.2
Female 7.3

Age Deaths per 1,000,000 population
Under 21 2.6
21 to 34 10.7
35 to 54 13.5
55 and over 8.4

Causes of death, 2004
Drug misuse Deaths
Any drug-related cause 460
– Abuse 4
– Drug or alcohol 460
– Toxic effects 437
Body systems (includes infections) 19
Accidents and injuries 10

Suicide Deaths
Any drug-related cause 23
– Abuse 0
– Drug or alcohol 23
– Toxic effects 21
Body systems (includes infections) 0
Accidents and injuries --

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
2 Includes alcohol in combination with other drugs (all ages) and alcohol alone in decedents under age 21.
3 Includes MDMA (Ecstasy), GHB, flunitrazepam (Rohypnol), and ketamine.
4 Includes PCP, LSD, and miscellaneous hallucinogens.
ALL DRUGS 538 468 107 12 23 8
Alcohol2 215 149 7 5 7 0
Cocaine 226 194 26 0 4 0
Marijuana 0 -- 0 0 0 0
Stimulants 0 -- 0 0 0 0
Club drugs3 0 -- 0 0 0 0
Hallucinogens4 -- -- 0 0 0 0
Inhalants 0 -- 0 0 0 0
 
Antidepressants 119 67 -- 10 4 0
Antipsychotics 27 17 -- 0 -- 0
Benzodiazepines 32 18 0 -- -- --
Misc. anxiolytics, sedatives, and hypnotics 78 49 -- 4 10 --
Opiates/opioids 469 385 63 -- 9 --
– Heroin (specified) -- 68 10 0 -- 0
– Methadone 114 107 17 -- 0 0
– All other opiates/opioids 405 281 36 -- 8 --
Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory agents 0 0 0 0 0 0
Salicylates/combinations -- -- -- -- 0 0
Misc. analgesics/combinations 53 45 -- 6 7 --
Anticonvulsants -- -- 0 -- 0 0
Muscle relaxants 9 11 0 0 0 0

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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