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


Drug-related deaths reported to DAWN 294
Drug-related suicide deaths reported to DAWN 36
Population 1,916,441
Drug-related deaths per 100,000 population 15.3
Drug-related suicide deaths per 100,000 population 1.9

Deaths by manner of death, 2009
Suicide 10.9%
Homicide 0.0%
Could not be determined 2.1%
Accidental 84.8%
Natural 2.1%

Top 5 drugs involved: Drug-related deaths, 2009
Drug category Single-drug deaths Multi-drug deaths Total
Opiates/opioids 24 151 175
Antidepressants 0 74 74
Alcohol 0 64 64
Benzodiazepines 0 61 61
Cocaine 13 45 58

Death rates by gender and age: Drug-related, 2009
Gender Deaths per 100,000 population
Male 17.8
Female 12.8

Age Deaths per 100,000 population
Under 21 1.3
21 to 34 10.4
35 to 54 23.0
55 and over 25.4

Place of death, 2009
Drug-related Deaths
Health care facility 109
Home 133
Public place 12
Other 40
Not documented 0

Drug-related suicide Deaths
Health care facility 7
Home 22
Public place 5
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 305 294 107 38 36 12
Alcohol 70 64 0 15 10 0
Cocaine 75 58 13 * 0 0
Marijuana 0 0 0 0 0 0
Stimulants 16 20 8 * 0 0
Club drugs * * 0 0 0 0
Hallucinogens 0 0 0 0 0 0
Inhalants * * 0 * 4 4
Antidepressants 69 74 0 14 14 *
Antipsychotics 15 10 * 5 * *
Benzodiazepines 58 61 0 14 8 0
Misc. anxiolytics, sedatives, and hypnotics 42 35 0 11 15 *
Opiates/opioids 194 175 24 15 12 *
– Heroin (specified) 45 24 4 * 0 0
– Methadone 91 79 15 * * 0
– All other opiates/opioids 96 96 5 10 11 *
Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory agents 0 * 0 0 * 0
Salicylates/combinations 10 8 5 * * 0
Misc. analgesics/combinations 5 8 * 10 6 0
Anticonvulsants 15 10 * * * 0
Muscle relaxants 13 9 0 * 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.