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Buffalo-Niagara Falls, NY

Drug-related deaths reported to DAWN 88
Drug-related suicide deaths reported to DAWN 11
Metro area population, 2007 1,128,183
Population covered by DAWN 1,128,183
Percent of population covered by DAWN 100%

Metro area overview: Deaths and population by county, 2007
Metro area component Drug-related Drug-related suicide Population
Deaths Rate Deaths Rate
Total participating (2) 88 7.8 11 1.0 1,128,183
1. Erie County, NY 70 7.7 7 0.8 913,338
2. Niagara County, NY 18 8.4 4 1.9 214,845

Deaths by manner of death, 2007
Suicide 11.1%
Homicide 0.0%
Could not be determined 73.7%
Accidental 12.1%
Natural 3.0%

Place of death, 2007
Drug-related Deaths
Health care facility 26
Home 56
Public place 4
Other --
Not documented 0

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

Top 5 drugs involved: Drug-related deaths, 2007
Drug category Single-drug deaths Multi-drug deaths Total
Opiates/opioids 18 52 70
Cocaine 5 30 35
Alcohol 0 26 26
Benzodiazepines 0 19 19
Antidepressants 0 17 17

Top 5 drugs involved: Drug-related suicide deaths, 2007
Drug category Single-drug deaths Multi-drug deaths Total
Antidepressants 1 6 7
Alcohol 0 6 6
Opiates/opioids 0 5 5

Death rates by gender and age: Drug-related, 2007
Gender Deaths per 100,000 population
Male 11.4
Female 4.5

Age Deaths per 100,000 population
Under 21 0.7
21 to 34 9.7
35 to 54 16.5
55 and over 4.2

Death rates by gender and age: Drug-related suicide, 2007
Gender Deaths per 100,000 population
Male 1.1
Female 0.9

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

Drug-related deaths by drug category, 2006-2007
Drug category Drug-related Drug-related suicide
Deaths, 2006 Deaths, 2007 Single-drug deaths, 2007 Deaths, 2006 Deaths, 2007 Single-drug deaths, 2007
* 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 88 88 25 12 11 --
Alcohol* 17 26 0 -- 6 --
Cocaine 36 35 5 0 -- --
Marijuana 11 11 0 0 -- --
Stimulants 0 0 0 0 0 --
Club drugs 0 0 0 0 0 --
Hallucinogens†† 0 0 0 0 0 --
Inhalants -- 0 0 0 0 --
Antidepressants 17 17 0 5 7 --
Antipsychotics 7 -- 0 -- -- --
Benzodiazepines 14 19 0 -- -- --
Misc. anxiolytics, sedatives, and hypnotics 11 8 -- -- -- --
Opiates/opioids 60 70 18 7 5 --
– Heroin (specified) 10 13 -- 0 0 --
– Methadone 11 10 -- -- -- --
– All other opiates/opioids 41 53 12 6 4 --
Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory agents 0 0 0 0 0 --
Salicylates/combinations 0 -- -- 0 -- --
Misc. analgesics/combinations 6 5 0 0 -- --
Anticonvulsants 0 -- 0 0 0 --
Muscle relaxants 6 5 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, 2007 (08/2008 update).

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