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Buffalo-Niagara Falls, NY

Drug-related deaths reported to DAWN 107
Drug-related suicide deaths reported to DAWN 13
Metro area population, 2005 1,144,796
Population covered by DAWN 1,144,796
Percent of population covered by DAWN 100%

Metro area overview: Deaths and population by county, 2005
Metro area component Drug-related Drug-related suicide Population
Deaths Rate Deaths Rate
Total participating (2) 107 9.3 13 1.1 1,144,796
1. Erie County, NY 82 8.8 11 1.2 928,215
2. Niagara County, NY 25 11.5 2 0.9 216,581

Deaths by manner of death, 2005
Suicide 10.8%
Homicide 0.0%
Could not be determined 78.3%
Natural/accidental 10.8%

Place of death, 2005
Drug-related Deaths
Health care facility 37
Home 55
Public place 5
Other 10
Not documented 0

Drug-related suicide Deaths
Health care facility --
Home 10
Public place --
Other 0
Not documented 0

Top 5 drugs involved: Drug-related deaths, 2005
Drug category Single-drug deaths Multi-drug deaths Total
Opiates/opioids 15 77 92
Antidepressants 1 30 31
Cocaine 6 24 30
Alcohol 0 22 22
Benzodiazepines 0 16 16

Top 5 drugs involved: Drug-related suicide deaths, 2005
Drug category Single-drug deaths Multi-drug deaths Total
Misc. anxiolytics, sedatives, and hypnotics 0 5 5
Alcohol 0 4 4

Gender and age death rates: Drug-related, 2005
Gender Deaths per 100,000 population
Male 12.2
Female 6.7

Age Deaths per 100,000 population
Under 21 0.6
21 to 34 11.4
35 to 54 20.2
55 and over 4.6

Gender and age death rates: Drug-related suicide, 2005
Gender Deaths per 100,000 population
Male 1.1
Female 1.2

Age Deaths per 100,000 population
Under 21 0.3
21 to 34 1.6
35 to 54 2.4
55 and over 0.3

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 100 107 23 10 13 --
Alcohol* 34 22 0 4 4 --
Cocaine 33 30 6 0 -- --
Marijuana 13 16 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 -- --
Antidepressants 25 31 -- 4 -- --
Antipsychotics 7 4 -- -- -- --
Benzodiazepines 29 16 0 -- -- --
Misc. anxiolytics, sedatives, and hypnotics 18 11 0 4 5 --
Opiates/opioids 84 92 15 5 -- --
– Heroin (specified) 27 27 7 0 0 --
– Methadone 7 21 -- 0 0 --
– All other opiates/opioids 63 54 7 5 -- --
Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory agents 0 0 0 0 0 --
Salicylates/combinations 0 0 0 0 -- --
Misc. analgesics/combinations -- 9 0 -- -- --
Anticonvulsants 6 -- 0 0 0 --
Muscle relaxants 9 -- 0 -- 0 --

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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