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Buffalo-Niagara Falls, NY

Drug-related deaths reported to DAWN 88
Drug-related suicide deaths reported to DAWN 12
Metro area population, 2006 1,137,520
Population covered by DAWN 1,137,520
Percent of population covered by DAWN 100%

Metro area overview: Deaths and population by county, 2006
Metro area component Drug-related Drug-related suicide Population
Deaths Rate Deaths Rate
Total participating (2) 88 7.7 12 1.1 1,137,520
1. Erie County, NY 69 7.5 8 0.9 921,390
2. Niagara County, NY 19 8.8 4 1.9 216,130

Deaths by manner of death, 2006
Suicide 12.0%
Homicide 0.0%
Could not be determined 69.0%
Accidental 14.0%
Natural 5.0%

Place of death, 2006
Drug-related Deaths
Health care facility 30
Home 48
Public place --
Other 9
Not documented 0

Drug-related suicide Deaths
Health care facility 4
Home 6
Public place --
Other 0
Not documented 0

Top 5 drugs involved: Drug-related deaths, 2006
Drug category Single-drug deaths Multi-drug deaths Total
Opiates/opioids 11 49 60
Cocaine 9 27 36
Antidepressants 1 16 17
Alcohol 0 17 17
Benzodiazepines 0 14 14

Top 5 drugs involved: Drug-related suicide deaths, 2006
Drug category Single-drug deaths Multi-drug deaths Total
Opiates/opioids 1 6 7
Antidepressants 1 4 5

Death rates by gender and age: Drug-related, 2006
Gender Deaths per 100,000 population
Male 10.0
Female 5.6

Age Deaths per 100,000 population
Under 21 1.0
21 to 34 8.3
35 to 54 18.1
55 and over 3.0

Death rates by gender and age: Drug-related suicide, 2006
Gender Deaths per 100,000 population
Male 1.6
Female 0.5

Age Deaths per 100,000 population
Under 21 0.0
21 to 34 1.0
35 to 54 2.4
55 and over 0.7

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 107 88 24 13 12 5
Alcohol* 22 17 0 4 -- 0
Cocaine 30 36 9 -- 0 0
Marijuana 16 11 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 31 17 -- -- 5 --
Antipsychotics 4 7 -- -- -- --
Benzodiazepines 16 14 0 -- -- 0
Misc. anxiolytics, sedatives, and hypnotics 11 11 0 5 -- 0
Opiates/opioids 92 60 11 -- 7 --
– Heroin (specified) 27 10 -- 0 0 0
– Methadone 21 11 -- 0 -- 0
– All other opiates/opioids 54 41 6 -- 6 --
Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory agents 0 0 0 0 0 0
Salicylates/combinations 0 0 0 -- 0 0
Misc. analgesics/combinations 9 6 -- -- 0 0
Anticonvulsants -- 0 0 0 0 0
Muscle relaxants -- 6 0 0 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, 2006 (08/2008 update).

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