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

Drug-related deaths reported to DAWN 68
Drug-related suicide deaths reported to DAWN 7
Population 654,753
Drug-related deaths per 100,000 population 10.4
Drug-related suicide deaths per 100,000 population 1.1

Drug-related deaths by drug category, 2005-2006
Drug category Drug-related Drug-related suicide
Deaths, 2005 Deaths, 2006 Single-drug
deaths, 2006
Deaths, 2005 Deaths, 2006 Single-drug
deaths, 2006
* 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 60 68 27 11 7 4
Alcohol* 21 15 0 4 -- 0
Cocaine 22 30 7 -- -- 0
Marijuana 0 -- 0 0 0 0
Stimulants 0 -- 0 0 0 0
Club drugs 0 0 0 0 0 0
Hallucinogens†† 0 0 0 0 0 0
Inhalants 0 -- -- 0 0 0
Antidepressants -- 14 4 4 -- --
Antipsychotics -- -- 0 -- 0 0
Benzodiazepines 5 4 0 -- -- 0
Misc. anxiolytics, sedatives, and hypnotics -- -- -- -- -- --
Opiates/opioids 43 47 13 -- -- --
– Heroin (specified) 11 4 0 0 -- --
– Methadone -- 15 5 0 -- 0
– All other opiates/opioids 32 35 8 -- 0 0
Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory agents 0 0 0 0 0 0
Salicylates/combinations -- 0 0 -- 0 0
Misc. analgesics/combinations -- -- 0 -- 0 0
Anticonvulsants 0 -- 0 0 0 0
Muscle relaxants 0 0 0 0 0 0

Deaths by manner of death, 2006
Suicide 9.3%
Homicide 0.0%
Could not be determined 5.3%
Accidental 76.0%
Natural 9.3%

Place of death, 2006
Drug-related Deaths
Health care facility 10
Home 42
Public place --
Other 7
Not documented 6

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

Death rates by gender and age: Drug-related, 2006
Gender Deaths per 100,000 population
Male 15.3
Female 5.9

Age Deaths per 100,000 population
Under 21 0.0
21 to 34 21.2
35 to 54 20.1
55 and over 2.4

Top 5 drugs involved: Drug-related deaths, 2006
Drug category Single-drug deaths Multi-drug deaths Total
Opiates/opioids 13 34 47
Cocaine 7 23 30
Alcohol 0 15 15
Antidepressants 4 10 14
Benzodiazepines 0 4 4

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, 2006 (08/2008 update).

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