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Chicago-Naperville-Joliet, IL-IN-WI


Drug-related deaths reported to DAWN 850
Drug-related suicide deaths reported to DAWN 75
Metro area population, 2008 9,569,624
Population covered by DAWN 8,758,561
Percent of population covered by DAWN 92%

Metro area overview: Deaths and population by county, 2008
Counties Drug-related Drug-related suicide Population
Deaths Rate Deaths Rate
* Area did not participate in DAWN this year.
Total participating (9) 850 9.7 75 0.9 8,758,561
1. Cook County, IL 565 10.7 38 0.7 5,294,664
2. DeKalb County, IL*         106,321
3. DuPage County, IL 54 5.8 6 0.6 930,528
4. Grundy County, IL 10 20.9 0 0.0 47,958
5. Kane County, IL 24 4.7 9 1.8 507,579
6. Kendall County, IL 4 3.9 2 1.9 103,460
7. Lake County, IL 80 11.2 8 1.1 712,453
8. McHenry County, IL 30 9.4 2 0.6 318,641
9. Will County, IL 54 7.9 8 1.2 681,097
10. Jasper County, IN*         32,544
11. Lake County, IN*         493,800
12. Newton County, IN*         13,933
13. Porter County, IN 29 17.9 2 1.2 162,181
14. Kenosha County, WI*         164,465

Deaths by manner of death, 2008
Suicide 8.1%
Homicide 0.8%
Could not be determined 1.5%
Accidental 88.9%
Natural 0.8%

Place of death, 2008
Drug-related Deaths
Health care facility 305
Home 377
Public place 73
Other 80
Not documented 15

Drug-related suicide Deaths
Health care facility 21
Home 48
Public place --
Other 4
Not documented 0

Top 5 drugs involved: Drug-related deaths, 2008
Drug category Single-drug deaths Multi-drug deaths Total
Opiates/opioids 226 408 634
Cocaine 144 231 375
Alcohol 3 239 242
Benzodiazepines 1 52 53
Antidepressants 4 33 37

Top 5 drugs involved: Drug-related suicide deaths, 2008
Drug category Single-drug deaths Multi-drug deaths Total
Opiates/opioids 5 25 30
Alcohol 0 25 25
Antidepressants 2 21 23
Benzodiazepines 2 17 19
Misc. anxiolytics, sedatives, and hypnotics 3 15 18

Death rates by gender and age: Drug-related, 2008
Gender Deaths per 100,000 population
Male 14.4
Female 5.1

Age Deaths per 100,000 population
Under 21 1.6
21 to 34 13.2
35 to 54 19.2
55 and over 4.8

Death rates by gender and age: Drug-related suicide, 2008
Gender Deaths per 100,000 population
Male 0.9
Female 0.8

Age Deaths per 100,000 population
Under 21 0.0
21 to 34 0.9
35 to 54 1.5
55 and over 1.1

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 796 850 391 76 75 24
Alcohol* 184 242 -- 22 25 0
Cocaine 437 375 144 8 7 0
Marijuana 19 19 -- -- 0 0
Stimulants -- 6 -- 0 -- 0
Club drugs 0 -- -- 0 0 0
Hallucinogens†† -- 0 0 -- 0 0
Inhalants -- -- -- -- -- 0
Antidepressants 27 37 4 24 23 --
Antipsychotics 9 8 0 8 6 --
Benzodiazepines 53 53 -- 13 19 --
Misc. anxiolytics, sedatives, and hypnotics 18 17 -- 9 18 --
Opiates/opioids 509 634 226 23 30 5
– Heroin (specified) 58 93 30 0 -- 0
– Methadone 66 53 19 4 0 0
– All other opiates/opioids 412 512 177 20 29 5
Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory agents 0 -- 0 -- -- 0
Salicylates/combinations -- -- -- -- -- --
Misc. analgesics/combinations 20 23 -- 16 17 6
Anticonvulsants 4 4 0 -- -- 0
Muscle relaxants 8 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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