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

Drug-related deaths reported to DAWN 180
Drug-related suicide deaths reported to DAWN 25
Population 598,707
Drug-related deaths per 100,000 population 30.1
Drug-related suicide deaths per 100,000 population 4.2

Deaths by manner of death, 2008
Suicide 12.2%
Homicide 0.5%
Could not be determined 7.8%
Accidental 77.1%
Natural 2.4%

Place of death, 2008
Drug-related Deaths
Health care facility 54
Home 82
Public place 5
Other 38
Not documented --

Drug-related suicide Deaths
Health care facility 6
Home 17
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 14 106 120
Cocaine 22 47 69
Alcohol 0 64 64
Benzodiazepines 0 33 33
Antidepressants 0 24 24

Death rates by gender and age: Drug-related, 2008
Gender Deaths per 100,000 population
Male 39.7
Female 19.7

Age Deaths per 100,000 population
Under 21 2.4
21 to 34 29.3
35 to 54 59.3
55 and over 24.3

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 173 180 43 29 25 4
Alcohol* 50 64 0 11 12 0
Cocaine 73 69 22 5 -- 0
Marijuana 6 14 0 -- 0 0
Stimulants 14 15 -- -- 0 0
Club drugs -- -- -- 0 0 0
Hallucinogens†† 0 0 0 0 0 0
Inhalants -- -- 0 0 -- 0
Antidepressants 28 24 0 8 8 --
Antipsychotics 5 -- 0 -- -- 0
Benzodiazepines 33 33 0 6 5 --
Misc. anxiolytics, sedatives, and hypnotics 16 15 -- 5 7 0
Opiates/opioids 111 120 14 13 12 0
– Heroin (specified) 15 20 -- 0 -- 0
– Methadone 15 14 -- 0 -- 0
– All other opiates/opioids 90 103 11 13 11 0
Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory agents 0 0 0 0 0 0
Salicylates/combinations -- 0 0 -- 0 0
Misc. analgesics/combinations 10 10 0 6 6 0
Anticonvulsants 4 -- 0 -- 0 0
Muscle relaxants 8 7 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, 2008 (08/2009 update).

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