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Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA: Pierce County, WA

Drug-related deaths reported to DAWN 150
Drug-related suicide deaths reported to DAWN 23
Population 785,639
Drug-related deaths per 100,000 population 19.1
Drug-related suicide deaths per 100,000 population 2.9

Deaths by manner of death, 2008
Suicide 13.3%
Homicide 0.0%
Could not be determined 2.3%
Accidental 78.6%
Natural 5.8%

Place of death, 2008
Drug-related Deaths
Health care facility 33
Home 97
Public place 10
Other 9
Not documented --

Drug-related suicide Deaths
Health care facility 6
Home 13
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 13 87 100
Alcohol 1 35 36
Antidepressants 2 32 34
Benzodiazepines 0 29 29
Cocaine 4 21 25

Death rates by gender and age: Drug-related, 2008
Gender Deaths per 100,000 population
Male 18.9
Female 19.3

Age Deaths per 100,000 population
Under 21 2.2
21 to 34 15.1
35 to 54 37.0
55 and over 21.3

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 106 150 40 15 23 --
Alcohol* 21 36 -- 11 7 --
Cocaine 25 25 4 -- -- --
Marijuana 18 22 0 -- -- --
Stimulants 22 22 5 -- -- --
Club drugs 0 -- 0 0 0 --
Hallucinogens†† 0 -- -- 0 0 --
Inhalants 0 -- -- 0 -- --
Antidepressants 32 34 -- 7 12 --
Antipsychotics 4 -- -- -- -- --
Benzodiazepines 26 29 0 4 6 --
Misc. anxiolytics, sedatives, and hypnotics 10 15 0 5 6 --
Opiates/opioids 80 100 13 4 12 --
– Heroin (specified) 14 21 -- -- -- --
– Methadone 34 46 8 0 -- --
– All other opiates/opioids 53 54 -- 4 12 --
Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory agents -- 0 0 0 0 --
Salicylates/combinations -- -- 0 0 0 --
Misc. analgesics/combinations 5 7 0 -- 4 --
Anticonvulsants 4 -- 0 -- 0 --
Muscle relaxants 12 6 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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