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

Drug-related deaths reported to DAWN 155
Drug-related suicide deaths reported to DAWN 3
Population 691,965
Drug-related deaths per 100,000 population 22.4
Drug-related suicide deaths per 100,000 population 0.4

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 128 155 56 13 -- --
Alcohol* 36 51 -- 4 -- --
Cocaine 53 67 10 -- -- --
Marijuana -- 5 0 0 -- --
Stimulants -- -- 0 0 -- --
Club drugs -- -- -- 0 -- --
Hallucinogens†† 0 0 0 0 -- --
Inhalants 0 0 0 0 -- --
Antidepressants 11 12 -- 4 -- --
Antipsychotics -- -- 0 -- -- --
Benzodiazepines 9 16 -- -- -- --
Misc. anxiolytics, sedatives, and hypnotics -- 0 0 0 -- --
Opiates/opioids 91 115 34 4 -- --
– Heroin (specified) 44 18 9 0 -- --
– Methadone 8 19 -- 0 -- --
– All other opiates/opioids 41 87 22 4 -- --
Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory agents 0 -- 0 0 -- --
Salicylates/combinations 0 -- 0 0 -- --
Misc. analgesics/combinations -- -- 0 -- -- --
Anticonvulsants -- 0 0 0 -- --
Muscle relaxants -- 0 0 0 -- --

Deaths by manner of death, 2005
Suicide 1.9%
Homicide 0.0%
Could not be determined 6.3%
Natural/accidental 91.8%

Place of death, 2005
Drug-related Deaths
Health care facility 55
Home 60
Public place 11
Other 29
Not documented 0

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

Death rates by gender and age: Drug-related, 2005
Gender Deaths per 100,000 population
Male 34.0
Female 11.5

Age Deaths per 100,000 population
Under 21 1.7
21 to 34 24.8
35 to 54 46.5
55 and over 12.5

Top 5 drugs involved: Drug-related deaths, 2005
Drug category Single-drug deaths Multi-drug deaths Total
Opiates/opioids 34 81 115
Cocaine 10 57 67
Alcohol 1 50 51
Benzodiazepines 1 15 16
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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