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

Drug-related deaths reported to DAWN 442
Drug-related suicide deaths reported to DAWN 15
Population 1,447,395
Drug-related deaths per 100,000 population 30.5
Drug-related suicide deaths per 100,000 population 1.0

Deaths by manner of death, 2008
Suicide 3.3%
Homicide 0.0%
Could not be determined 2.2%
Accidental 94.3%
Natural 0.2%

Place of death, 2008
Drug-related Deaths
Health care facility 131
Home 232
Public place 13
Other 64
Not documented --

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

Top 5 drugs involved: Drug-related deaths, 2008
Drug category Single-drug deaths Multi-drug deaths Total
Opiates/opioids 9 300 309
Cocaine 29 204 233
Benzodiazepines 0 179 179
Antidepressants 0 109 109
Alcohol 0 98 98

Death rates by gender and age: Drug-related, 2008
Gender Deaths per 100,000 population
Male 45.3
Female 17.5

Age Deaths per 100,000 population
Under 21 2.3
21 to 34 40.0
35 to 54 63.4
55 and over 20.3

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 417 442 41 8 15 --
Alcohol* 115 98 0 -- 4 --
Cocaine 266 233 29 -- -- --
Marijuana -- 6 0 0 0 --
Stimulants 8 8 -- 0 0 --
Club drugs -- 4 0 0 0 --
Hallucinogens†† 17 20 -- 0 0 --
Inhalants 0 -- 0 0 0 --
Antidepressants 95 109 0 -- 8 --
Antipsychotics 38 48 0 0 4 --
Benzodiazepines 110 179 0 -- 7 --
Misc. anxiolytics, sedatives, and hypnotics 117 97 0 5 -- --
Opiates/opioids 282 309 9 4 6 --
– Heroin (specified) 105 92 -- 0 -- --
– Methadone 78 99 4 0 0 --
– All other opiates/opioids 250 262 -- 4 6 --
Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory agents 67 79 0 -- -- --
Salicylates/combinations 0 -- 0 0 -- --
Misc. analgesics/combinations 20 24 0 -- -- --
Anticonvulsants 27 29 0 0 0 --
Muscle relaxants 24 29 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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