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Los Angeles-Long Beach-Santa Ana, CA


Drug-related deaths reported to DAWN 895
Drug-related suicide deaths reported to DAWN 125
Metro area population, 2009 12,874,797
Population covered by DAWN 9,848,011
Percent of population covered by DAWN 76%

Metro area overview: Deaths and population by county, 2009
County Drug-related Drug-related suicide Population
Deaths Rate Deaths Rate
Area did not participate in DAWN this year.
Total participating (1) 895 9.1 125 1.3 9,848,011
1. Los Angeles County, CA 895 9.1 125 1.3 9,848,011
2. Orange County, CA - - - - 3,026,786

Deaths by manner of death, 2009
Suicide 12.3%
Homicide 1.2%
Could not be determined 3.9%
Accidental 82.5%
Natural 0.1%

Top 5 drugs involved: Drug-related deaths, 2009
Drug category Single-drug deaths Multi-drug deaths Total
Opiates/opioids 87 462 549
Alcohol 6 347 353
Cocaine 77 174 251
Benzodiazepines 2 170 172
Antidepressants 6 154 160

Top 5 drugs involved: Drug-related suicide deaths, 2009
Drug category Single-drug deaths Multi-drug deaths Total
Antidepressants 8 41 49
Benzodiazepines 1 46 47
Opiates/opioids 3 40 43
Alcohol 0 42 42
Misc. anxiolytics, sedatives, and hypnotics 4 32 36

Death rates by gender and age: Drug-related, 2009
Gender Deaths per 100,000 population
Male 12.8
Female 5.5

Age Deaths per 100,000 population
Under 21 0.9
21 to 34 6.7
35 to 54 19.2
55 and over 9.4

Death rates by gender and age: Drug-related suicide, 2009
Gender Deaths per 100,000 population
Male 1.2
Female 1.4

Age Deaths per 100,000 population
Under 21 0.1
21 to 34 0.8
35 to 54 2.0
55 and over 2.4

Place of death, 2009
Drug-related Deaths
Health care facility 183
Home 447
Public place 109
Other 133
Not documented 23

Drug-related suicide Deaths
Health care facility 14
Home 74
Public place 8
Other 22
Not documented 7

Drug-related deaths by drug category, 2008-2009
Drug category Drug-related Drug-related suicide
Deaths, 2008 Deaths, 2009 Single-drug deaths, 2009 Deaths, 2008 Deaths, 2009 Single-drug deaths, 2009
NOTES: Alcohol row includes alcohol in combination with other drugs (all ages) and alcohol alone in decedents under age 21. Club drugs row includes MDMA (Ecstasy), GHB, flunitrazepam (Rohypnol), and ketamine. Hallucinogens row includes PCP, LSD, and miscellaneous hallucinogens.
ALL DRUGS 923 895 244 145 125 31
Alcohol 329 353 6 49 42 0
Cocaine 331 251 77 17 6 0
Marijuana 27 10 * 5 0 0
Stimulants 164 116 36 18 * 0
Club drugs 17 10 * * 0 0
Hallucinogens 6 12 * 0 0 0
Inhalants 10 13 5 5 14 9
Antidepressants 144 160 6 56 49 8
Antipsychotics 49 62 * 26 16 *
Benzodiazepines 110 172 * 44 47 *
Misc. anxiolytics, sedatives, and hypnotics 102 118 * 49 36 4
Opiates/opioids 522 549 87 47 43 *
– Heroin (specified) 167 196 41 * * 0
– Methadone 69 72 10 4 * 0
– All other opiates/opioids 350 409 36 43 41 *
Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory agents 7 9 0 4 * 0
Salicylates/combinations 0 * 0 0 0 0
Misc. analgesics/combinations 13 35 * 9 7 *
Anticonvulsants 18 18 0 10 4 *
Muscle relaxants 39 47 * 13 8 0

End Notes

1. Drug-related deaths exclude suicides.
2. All death rates are per 100,000 population.
3. An asterisk (*) signifies that a small number of deaths was suppressed to protect privacy.
4. A dash (-) represents a blank cell.
SOURCE: Center for Behavioral Health Statistics and Quality, SAMHSA, Drug Abuse Warning Network, 2009.

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