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Denver-Aurora-Broomfield, CO: Arapahoe County, CO

Drug-related deaths reported to DAWN 76
Drug-related suicide deaths reported to DAWN 16
Population 554,282
Drug-related deaths per 100,000 population 13.7
Drug-related suicide deaths per 100,000 population 2.9

Deaths by manner of death, 2008
Suicide 17.4%
Homicide 0.0%
Could not be determined 4.3%
Accidental 78.3%
Natural 0.0%

Place of death, 2008
Drug-related Deaths
Health care facility 6
Home 57
Public place --
Other 10
Not documented 0

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

Top 5 drugs involved: Drug-related deaths, 2008
Drug category Single-drug deaths Multi-drug deaths Total
Opiates/opioids 5 50 55
Alcohol 0 35 35
Antidepressants 2 25 27
Benzodiazepines 0 26 26
Cocaine 2 18 20

Death rates by gender and age: Drug-related, 2008
Gender Deaths per 100,000 population
Male 16.1
Female 11.4

Age Deaths per 100,000 population
Under 21 1.9
21 to 34 15.1
35 to 54 29.4
55 and over 6.5

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 85 76 10 13 16 --
Alcohol* 18 35 0 7 7 --
Cocaine 30 20 -- -- -- --
Marijuana 0 0 0 0 0 --
Stimulants -- 5 0 0 0 --
Club drugs 0 -- 0 0 0 --
Hallucinogens†† 0 0 0 0 0 --
Inhalants 0 0 0 0 0 --
Antidepressants 13 27 -- 7 9 --
Antipsychotics 5 -- -- -- -- --
Benzodiazepines 25 26 0 4 6 --
Misc. anxiolytics, sedatives, and hypnotics 11 16 0 -- 8 --
Opiates/opioids 58 55 5 4 6 --
– Heroin (specified) 9 4 0 0 0 --
– Methadone 10 9 0 -- -- --
– All other opiates/opioids 46 46 5 -- 5 --
Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory agents 0 0 0 0 0 --
Salicylates/combinations 0 -- 0 0 0 --
Misc. analgesics/combinations -- 4 0 4 -- --
Anticonvulsants 4 4 0 0 -- --
Muscle relaxants 7 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, 2008 (08/2009 update).

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