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Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington, PA-NJ-DE-MD

Drug-related deaths reported to DAWN 691
Drug-related suicide deaths reported to DAWN 47
Metro area population, 2008 5,838,471
Population covered by DAWN 3,500,631
Percent of population covered by DAWN 60%

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) 691 19.7 47 1.3 3,500,631
1. New Castle County, DE*         529,641
2. Cecil County, MD 10 10.0 2 2.0 99,926
3. Burlington County, NJ*         445,475
4. Camden County, NJ*         517,234
5. Gloucester County, NJ*         287,860
6. Salem County, NJ*         66,141
7. Bucks County, PA 56 9.0 6 1.0 621,643
8. Chester County, PA*         491,489
9. Delaware County, PA 107 19.3 13 2.3 553,619
10. Montgomery County, PA 76 9.8 11 1.4 778,048
11. Philadelphia County, PA 442 30.5 15 1.0 1,447,395

Deaths by manner of death, 2008
Suicide 6.4%
Homicide 0.1%
Could not be determined 7.6%
Accidental 85.5%
Natural 0.4%

Place of death, 2008
Drug-related Deaths
Health care facility 178
Home 389
Public place 20
Other 101
Not documented --

Drug-related suicide Deaths
Health care facility 6
Home 33
Public place --
Other 5
Not documented 0

Top 5 drugs involved: Drug-related deaths, 2008
Drug category Single-drug deaths Multi-drug deaths Total
Opiates/opioids 30 472 502
Cocaine 41 282 323
Benzodiazepines 0 280 280
Alcohol 0 173 173
Antidepressants 1 156 157

Top 5 drugs involved: Drug-related suicide deaths, 2008
Drug category Single-drug deaths Multi-drug deaths Total
Antidepressants 3 22 25
Opiates/opioids 4 19 23
Alcohol 0 18 18
Benzodiazepines 0 16 16
Misc. anxiolytics, sedatives, and hypnotics 2 9 11

Death rates by gender and age: Drug-related, 2008
Gender Deaths per 100,000 population
Male 28.0
Female 12.1

Age Deaths per 100,000 population
Under 21 2.3
21 to 34 29.2
35 to 54 38.3
55 and over 11.3

Death rates by gender and age: Drug-related suicide, 2008
Gender Deaths per 100,000 population
Male 1.3
Female 1.4

Age Deaths per 100,000 population
Under 21 0.1
21 to 34 1.0
35 to 54 2.6
55 and over 1.5

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 659 691 81 50 47 10
Alcohol* 178 173 0 22 18 0
Cocaine 357 323 41 7 4 0
Marijuana 14 15 -- -- 0 0
Stimulants 16 14 -- 0 -- 0
Club drugs -- 5 0 0 0 0
Hallucinogens†† 23 24 -- 0 0 0
Inhalants 0 -- 0 4 0 0
Antidepressants 146 157 -- 20 25 --
Antipsychotics 41 65 -- 6 8 0
Benzodiazepines 194 280 0 17 16 0
Misc. anxiolytics, sedatives, and hypnotics 138 130 -- 12 11 --
Opiates/opioids 477 502 30 19 23 4
– Heroin (specified) 157 141 12 0 -- 0
– Methadone 142 133 8 -- 0 0
– All other opiates/opioids 356 393 10 18 22 4
Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory agents 71 83 0 -- -- 0
Salicylates/combinations -- -- 0 0 -- 0
Misc. analgesics/combinations 36 46 -- 12 9 0
Anticonvulsants 33 41 0 7 -- 0
Muscle relaxants 34 44 0 -- 5 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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