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Milwaukee-Waukesha-West Allis, WI


Drug-related deaths reported to DAWN 180
Drug-related suicide deaths reported to DAWN 10
Metro area population, 2008 1,549,308
Population covered by DAWN 953,328
Percent of population covered by DAWN 62%

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 (1) 180 18.9 10 1.0 953,328
1. Milwaukee County, WI 180 18.9 10 1.0 953,328
2. Ozaukee County, WI*         85,874
3. Washington County, WI*         129,477
4. Waukesha County, WI*         380,629

Deaths by manner of death, 2008
Suicide 5.3%
Homicide 0.5%
Could not be determined 3.2%
Accidental 88.9%
Natural 2.1%

Place of death, 2008
Drug-related Deaths
Health care facility 25
Home 122
Public place 7
Other 26
Not documented 0

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

Top 5 drugs involved: Drug-related deaths, 2008
Drug category Single-drug deaths Multi-drug deaths Total
Opiates/opioids 5 135 140
Benzodiazepines 0 84 84
Alcohol 0 68 68
Cocaine 12 49 61
Antidepressants 1 47 48

Top 5 drugs involved: Drug-related suicide deaths, 2008
Drug category Single-drug deaths Multi-drug deaths Total
Benzodiazepines 0 7 7
Antidepressants 0 5 5
Alcohol 0 4 4
Misc. anxiolytics, sedatives, and hypnotics 0 4 4
Opiates/opioids 0 4 4

Death rates by gender and age: Drug-related, 2008
Gender Deaths per 100,000 population
Male 27.5
Female 10.8

Age Deaths per 100,000 population
Under 21 3.4
21 to 34 20.5
35 to 54 37.4
55 and over 14.6

Death rates by gender and age: Drug-related suicide, 2008
Gender Deaths per 100,000 population
Male 1.1
Female 1.0

Age Deaths per 100,000 population
Under 21 0.0
21 to 34 0.6
35 to 54 1.8
55 and over 1.9

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 178 180 20 16 10 --
Alcohol* 57 68 0 6 4 --
Cocaine 85 61 12 -- -- --
Marijuana -- -- 0 0 0 --
Stimulants 0 0 0 0 0 --
Club drugs -- -- 0 0 0 --
Hallucinogens†† 0 0 0 0 0 --
Inhalants -- 0 0 -- 0 --
Antidepressants 53 48 -- 10 5 --
Antipsychotics 7 10 0 -- -- --
Benzodiazepines 77 84 0 9 7 --
Misc. anxiolytics, sedatives, and hypnotics 29 30 0 5 4 --
Opiates/opioids 126 140 5 6 4 --
– Heroin (specified) 20 38 -- 0 0 --
– Methadone 50 44 -- 4 0 --
– All other opiates/opioids 82 105 -- -- 4 --
Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory agents 0 6 0 0 0 --
Salicylates/combinations 0 -- -- -- 0 --
Misc. analgesics/combinations 11 19 -- 0 -- --
Anticonvulsants 10 15 0 -- -- --
Muscle relaxants 16 13 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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