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Delaware

Drug-related deaths reported to DAWN 150
Drug-related suicide deaths reported to DAWN 30
State population, 2010 885,218
Population covered by DAWN 885,218
Percent of population covered by DAWN 100%

State overview: Deaths and population by county, 2010
County Drug-related Drug-related suicide Population
Deaths Rate Deaths Rate
Total participating (3) 150 16.9 30 3.4 885,218
1. Kent County 22 13.9 4 2.5 157,763
2. New Castle County 99 18.5 19 3.6 534,686
3. Sussex County 29 15.0 7 3.6 192,769

Deaths by manner of death, 2010
Suicide 16.7%
Homicide 0.0%
Could not be determined 45.6%
Accidental 35.6%
Natural 2.2%

Top 5 drugs involved: Drug-related deaths, 2010
Drug category Single-drug deaths Multi-drug deaths Total
Opiates/opioids 19 78 97
Benzodiazepines 1 52 53
Antidepressants 0 35 35
Alcohol 0 34 34
Cocaine 9 23 32

Top 5 drugs involved: Drug-related suicide deaths, 2010
Drug category Single-drug deaths Multi-drug deaths Total
Benzodiazepines 2 16 18
Opiates/opioids 3 10 13
Antidepressants 1 10 11
Alcohol 0 10 10
Antipsychotics 0 6 6

Death rates by sex and age: Drug-related, 2010
Sex Deaths per 100,000 population
Male 20.0
Female 14.1

Age Deaths per 100,000 population
Under 21 1.6
21 to 34 27.5
35 to 54 33.6
55 and over 8.2

Death rates by sex and age: Drug-related suicide, 2010
Sex Deaths per 100,000 population
Male 4.2
Female 2.6

Age Deaths per 100,000 population
Under 21 0.0
21 to 34 2.5
35 to 54 8.9
55 and over 1.7

Place of death, 2010
Drug-related Deaths
Health care facility 30
Home 95
Public place *
Other 23
Not documented *

Drug-related suicide Deaths
Health care facility *
Home 22
Public place 0
Other 4
Not documented *

Drug-related deaths by drug category, 2009-2010
Drug category Drug-relatedDrug-related suicide
Deaths, 2009 Deaths, 2010 Single-drug deaths, 2010 Deaths, 2009 Deaths, 2010 Single-drug deaths, 2010
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 124 150 34 27 30 7
Alcohol 36 34 0 13 10 0
Cocaine 44 32 9 * * 0
Marijuana 12 8 0 * * 0
Stimulants * * 0 0 0 0
Club drugs * 0 0 0 0 0
Hallucinogens 0 * 0 0 0 0
Inhalants 0 0 0 0 0 0
Antidepressants 39 35 0 10 11 *
Antipsychotics 5 17 0 4 6 0
Benzodiazepines 33 53 * 10 18 *
Misc. anxiolytics, sedatives, and hypnotics 9 20 * * * 0
Opiates/opioids 80 97 19 14 13 *
– Heroin (specified) 9 23 10 0 * 0
– Methadone 21 19 0 0 0 0
– All other opiates/opioids 60 70 9 14 12 *
Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory agents * 6 0 * 0 0
Salicylates/combinations 0 * * 0 0 0
Misc. analgesics/combinations 4 * 0 * * 0
Anticonvulsants 4 12 0 0 4 0
Muscle relaxants 9 16 * * 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.
4. A dash (-) represents a blank cell.
SOURCE: Center for Behavioral Health Statistics and Quality, SAMHSA, Drug Abuse Warning Network, 2010.

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