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

Drug-related deaths reported to DAWN 150
Drug-related suicide deaths reported to DAWN 20
Population 1,464,985
Drug-related deaths per 100,000 population 10.2
Drug-related suicide deaths per 100,000 population 1.4

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 121 150 43 11 20 6
Alcohol* 42 44 -- 4 6 --
Cocaine 49 60 6 4 -- 0
Marijuana -- -- 0 -- 0 0
Stimulants -- 5 0 0 0 0
Club drugs 0 -- 0 0 0 0
Hallucinogens†† 0 0 0 0 0 0
Inhalants -- 0 0 -- 0 0
Antidepressants 10 22 -- 0 6 --
Antipsychotics -- 6 0 -- 5 0
Benzodiazepines 12 16 0 -- -- 0
Misc. anxiolytics, sedatives, and hypnotics -- -- 0 -- -- --
Opiates/opioids 93 122 32 -- 8 --
– Heroin (specified) 39 37 16 0 0 0
– Methadone 13 21 5 0 -- 0
– All other opiates/opioids 46 69 11 -- 8 --
Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory agents 0 0 0 0 0 0
Salicylates/combinations 0 0 0 0 0 0
Misc. analgesics/combinations -- -- 0 -- 0 0
Anticonvulsants 0 0 0 0 0 0
Muscle relaxants 0 0 0 0 0 0

Deaths by manner of death, 2005
Suicide 11.8%
Homicide 0.0%
Could not be determined 8.8%
Natural/accidental 79.4%

Place of death, 2005
Drug-related Deaths
Health care facility 63
Home 64
Public place 4
Other 19
Not documented 0

Drug-related suicide Deaths
Health care facility 0
Home 16
Public place --
Other --
Not documented 0

Death rates by gender and age: Drug-related, 2005
Gender Deaths per 100,000 population
Male 13.9
Female 6.8

Age Deaths per 100,000 population
Under 21 2.3
21 to 34 16.4
35 to 54 19.6
55 and over 1.2

Top 5 drugs involved: Drug-related deaths, 2005
Drug category Single-drug deaths Multi-drug deaths Total
Opiates/opioids 32 90 122
Cocaine 6 54 60
Alcohol 2 42 44
Antidepressants 1 21 22
Benzodiazepines 0 16 16

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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