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

Drug-related deaths reported to DAWN 116
Drug-related suicide deaths reported to DAWN 11
Population 734,261
Drug-related deaths per 100,000 population 15.8
Drug-related suicide deaths per 100,000 population 1.5

Drug-related deaths by drug category, 2004-2005
Drug category Drug-related Drug-related suicide
Deaths,
2004
Deaths,
2005
Single-drug
deaths,
2005
Deaths,
2004
Deaths,
2005
Single-drug
deaths,
2005
* 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 79 116 38 11 11 --
Alcohol* 24 40 0 -- 5 --
Cocaine 19 47 10 -- -- --
Marijuana -- -- 0 0 0 --
Stimulants -- 0 0 0 0 --
Club drugs 0 0 0 0 0 --
Hallucinogens†† 0 0 0 0 0 --
Inhalants 0 0 0 0 0 --
Antidepressants 11 12 -- -- 7 --
Antipsychotics -- -- 0 5 -- --
Benzodiazepines 9 17 -- -- -- --
Misc. anxiolytics, sedatives, and hypnotics -- -- 0 -- 0 --
Opiates/opioids 57 86 18 -- -- --
– Heroin (specified) 25 24 5 0 0 --
– Methadone 9 20 5 0 0 --
– All other opiates/opioids 24 51 8 -- -- --
Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory agents 0 0 0 0 -- --
Salicylates/combinations 0 -- -- 0 0 --
Misc. analgesics/combinations 0 -- -- 0 -- --
Anticonvulsants 0 0 0 0 -- --
Muscle relaxants 0 -- -- 0 0 --

Deaths by manner of death, 2005
Suicide 8.7%
Homicide 0.0%
Could not be determined 3.1%
Natural/accidental 88.2%

Place of death, 2005
Drug-related Deaths
Health care facility 52
Home 49
Public place --
Other 14
Not documented 0

Drug-related suicide Deaths
Health care facility --
Home 6
Public place --
Other --
Not documented 0

Death rates by gender and age: Drug-related, 2005
Gender Deaths per 100,000 population
Male 22.1
Female 10.0

Age Deaths per 100,000 population
Under 21 1.5
21 to 34 20.9
35 to 54 34.4
55 and over 5.0

Top 5 drugs involved: Drug-related deaths, 2005
Drug category Single-drug deaths Multi-drug deaths Total
Opiates/opioids 18 68 86
Cocaine 10 37 47
Alcohol 0 40 40
Benzodiazepines 1 16 17
Antidepressants 1 11 12

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, 2005 (08/2008 update).

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