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San Diego-Carlsbad-San Marcos, CA


Drug-related deaths reported to DAWN 380
Drug-related suicide deaths reported to DAWN 84
Metro area population, 2008 3,001,072
Population covered by DAWN 3,001,072
Percent of population covered by DAWN 100%

Metro area overview: Deaths and population by county, 2008
Counties Drug-related Drug-related suicide Population
Deaths Rate Deaths Rate
Total participating (1) 380 12.7 84 2.8 3,001,072
1. San Diego County, CA 380 12.7 84 2.8 3,001,072

Deaths by manner of death, 2008
Suicide 18.1%
Homicide 0.6%
Could not be determined 1.1%
Accidental 78.9%
Natural 1.3%

Place of death, 2008
Drug-related Deaths
Health care facility 93
Home 212
Public place 23
Other 52
Not documented 0

Drug-related suicide Deaths
Health care facility 11
Home 58
Public place --
Other 13
Not documented 0

Top 5 drugs involved: Drug-related deaths, 2008
Drug category Single-drug deaths Multi-drug deaths Total
Opiates/opioids 52 193 245
Benzodiazepines 1 105 106
Stimulants 57 30 87
Antidepressants 7 65 72
Alcohol 1 65 66

Top 5 drugs involved: Drug-related suicide deaths, 2008
Drug category Single-drug deaths Multi-drug deaths Total
Opiates/opioids 3 32 35
Antidepressants 5 22 27
Misc. anxiolytics, sedatives, and hypnotics 6 21 27
Benzodiazepines 0 26 26
Alcohol 0 17 17

Death rates by gender and age: Drug-related, 2008
Gender Deaths per 100,000 population
Male 16.2
Female 9.1

Age Deaths per 100,000 population
Under 21 1.2
21 to 34 10.1
35 to 54 26.5
55 and over 13.0

Death rates by gender and age: Drug-related suicide, 2008
Gender Deaths per 100,000 population
Male 3.0
Female 2.5

Age Deaths per 100,000 population
Under 21 0.1
21 to 34 1.6
35 to 54 5.0
55 and over 5.0

Drug-related deaths by drug category, 2007-2008
Drug category Drug-related Drug-related suicide
Deaths, 2007 Deaths, 2008 Single-drug deaths, 2008 Deaths, 2007 Deaths, 2008 Single-drug deaths, 2008
* 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 354 380 152 91 84 28
Alcohol* 57 66 -- 17 17 0
Cocaine 62 49 23 -- -- 0
Marijuana 12 -- 0 -- 0 0
Stimulants 95 87 57 7 -- 0
Club drugs 5 -- 0 0 0 0
Hallucinogens†† 0 0 0 0 0 0
Inhalants -- -- -- 5 6 6
Antidepressants 58 72 7 26 27 5
Antipsychotics 22 24 -- 17 12 --
Benzodiazepines 91 106 -- 31 26 0
Misc. anxiolytics, sedatives, and hypnotics 35 36 0 29 27 6
Opiates/opioids 224 245 52 36 35 --
– Heroin (specified) 47 49 24 -- -- 0
– Methadone 40 52 10 -- 4 0
– All other opiates/opioids 160 163 18 31 33 --
Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory agents -- -- 0 -- -- 0
Salicylates/combinations 0 0 0 -- -- --
Misc. analgesics/combinations 16 15 0 14 13 0
Anticonvulsants 7 14 -- 7 5 0
Muscle relaxants 12 14 -- 10 10 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, 2008 (08/2009 update).

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