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Portland-Vancouver-Beaverton, OR-WA

Drug-related deaths reported to DAWN 242
Drug-related suicide deaths reported to DAWN 58
Metro area population, 2008 2,207,462
Population covered by DAWN 1,771,935
Percent of population covered by DAWN 80%

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 (5) 242 13.7 58 3.3 1,771,935
1. Clackamas County, OR 25 6.6 14 3.7 380,576
2. Columbia County, OR 3 6.1 0 0.0 49,408
3. Multnomah County, OR 180 25.2 32 4.5 714,567
4. Washington County, OR 26 4.9 11 2.1 529,216
5. Yamhill County, OR 8 8.1 1 1.0 98,168
6. Clark County, WA*         424,733
7. Skamania County, WA*         10,794

Deaths by manner of death, 2008
Suicide 19.3%
Homicide 0.0%
Could not be determined 9.3%
Accidental 65.3%
Natural 6.0%

Place of death, 2008
Drug-related Deaths
Health care facility 47
Home 118
Public place 5
Other 72
Not documented 0

Drug-related suicide Deaths
Health care facility 11
Home 37
Public place --
Other 8
Not documented 0

Top 5 drugs involved: Drug-related deaths, 2008
Drug category Single-drug deaths Multi-drug deaths Total
Opiates/opioids 18 179 197
Alcohol 1 97 98
Antidepressants 2 92 94
Benzodiazepines 0 85 85
Marijuana 1 56 57

Top 5 drugs involved: Drug-related suicide deaths, 2008
Drug category Single-drug deaths Multi-drug deaths Total
Alcohol 0 32 32
Antidepressants 1 25 26
Benzodiazepines 0 24 24
Opiates/opioids 0 23 23
Misc. anxiolytics, sedatives, and hypnotics 0 16 16

Death rates by gender and age: Drug-related, 2008
Gender Deaths per 100,000 population
Male 19.2
Female 8.1

Age Deaths per 100,000 population
Under 21 1.9
21 to 34 19.0
35 to 54 24.8
55 and over 8.1

Death rates by gender and age: Drug-related suicide, 2008
Gender Deaths per 100,000 population
Male 3.7
Female 2.8

Age Deaths per 100,000 population
Under 21 0.6
21 to 34 3.2
35 to 54 5.4
55 and over 3.7

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 202 242 26 42 58 4
Alcohol* 69 98 -- 12 32 0
Cocaine 55 54 -- -- 0 0
Marijuana 25 57 -- 5 7 0
Stimulants 24 41 0 -- -- 0
Club drugs -- -- 0 -- 0 0
Hallucinogens†† -- 0 0 0 0 0
Inhalants 0 -- 0 -- -- 0
Antidepressants 47 94 -- 17 26 --
Antipsychotics -- 16 0 6 11 0
Benzodiazepines 45 85 0 13 24 0
Misc. anxiolytics, sedatives, and hypnotics 15 21 0 4 16 0
Opiates/opioids 160 197 18 16 23 0
– Heroin (specified) 76 100 15 -- -- 0
– Methadone 48 59 -- -- 6 0
– All other opiates/opioids 70 75 -- 14 18 0
Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory agents -- 0 0 0 -- 0
Salicylates/combinations 0 0 0 -- 0 0
Misc. analgesics/combinations 5 8 0 4 10 --
Anticonvulsants 6 6 0 -- 6 --
Muscle relaxants 5 11 0 -- 7 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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