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Denver-Aurora-Broomfield, CO: Denver County, CO


Drug-related deaths reported to DAWN 190
Drug-related suicide deaths reported to DAWN 23
Population 610,345
Drug-related deaths per 100,000 population 31.1
Drug-related suicide deaths per 100,000 population 3.8

Deaths by manner of death, 2009
Suicide 10.8%
Homicide 0.0%
Could not be determined 8.5%
Accidental 79.3%
Natural 1.4%

Top 5 drugs involved: Drug-related deaths, 2009
Drug category Single-drug deaths Multi-drug deaths Total
Opiates/opioids 34 103 137
Alcohol 1 73 74
Cocaine 15 44 59
Benzodiazepines 0 42 42
Antidepressants 1 21 22

Death rates by gender and age: Drug-related, 2009
Gender Deaths per 100,000 population
Male 43.0
Female 18.9

Age Deaths per 100,000 population
Under 21 2.5
21 to 34 27.5
35 to 54 65.1
55 and over 28.1

Place of death, 2009
Drug-related Deaths
Health care facility 64
Home 90
Public place 12
Other 24
Not documented 0

Drug-related suicide Deaths
Health care facility 6
Home 14
Public place *
Other *
Not documented 0

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 180 190 58 25 23 5
Alcohol 64 74 * 12 10 0
Cocaine 69 59 15 * 4 0
Marijuana 14 6 0 0 0 0
Stimulants 15 17 6 0 * 0
Club drugs * * 0 0 * 0
Hallucinogens 0 0 0 0 0 0
Inhalants * 0 0 * * 0
Antidepressants 24 22 * 8 12 *
Antipsychotics * * 0 * * 0
Benzodiazepines 33 42 0 5 5 0
Misc. anxiolytics, sedatives, and hypnotics 15 8 0 7 * 0
Opiates/opioids 120 137 34 12 9 *
– Heroin (specified) 20 47 17 * * 0
– Methadone 14 14 * * 0 0
– All other opiates/opioids 103 90 15 11 8 *
Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory agents 0 0 0 0 0 0
Salicylates/combinations 0 0 0 0 0 0
Misc. analgesics/combinations 10 6 * 6 * *
Anticonvulsants * * 0 0 * 0
Muscle relaxants 7 6 0 * * 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.
SOURCE: Center for Behavioral Health Statistics and Quality, SAMHSA, Drug Abuse Warning Network, 2009.

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