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Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington, PA-NJ-DE-MD

Drug-related deaths reported to DAWN 657
Drug-related suicide deaths reported to DAWN 69
Metro area population, 2010 5,968,764
Population covered by DAWN 3,367,030
Percent of population covered by DAWN 56%

Metro area overview: Deaths and population by county, 2010
County Drug-related Drug-related suicide Population
Deaths Rate Deaths Rate
Area did not participate in DAWN this year.
Total participating (5) 657 19.5 69 2.0 3,367,030
1. New Castle County, DE 99 18.5 19 3.6 534,686
2. Cecil County, MD 24 23.8 2 2.0 100,809
3. Burlington County, NJ - - - - 446,152
4. Camden County, NJ - - - - 517,922
5. Gloucester County, NJ - - - - 289,938
6. Salem County, NJ - - - - 66,348
7. Bucks County, PA 38 6.1 4 0.6 626,081
8. Chester County, PA - - - - 498,939
9. Delaware County, PA 117 21.0 21 3.8 558,082
10. Montgomery County, PA - - - - 782,433
11. Philadelphia County, PA 379 24.5 23 1.5 1,547,372

Deaths by manner of death, 2010
Suicide 9.5%
Homicide 0.0%
Could not be determined 14.5%
Accidental 75.3%
Natural 0.7%

Top 5 drugs involved: Drug-related deaths, 2010
Drug category Single-drug deaths Multi-drug deaths Total
Opiates/opioids 67 419 486
Cocaine 67 189 256
Benzodiazepines 1 252 253
Alcohol 2 144 146
Antidepressants 2 105 107

Top 5 drugs involved: Drug-related suicide deaths, 2010
Drug category Single-drug deaths Multi-drug deaths Total
Opiates/opioids 4 35 39
Benzodiazepines 3 26 29
Antidepressants 4 23 27
Alcohol 0 22 22
Antipsychotics 2 6 8

Death rates by sex and age: Drug-related, 2010
Sex Deaths per 100,000 population
Male 27.5
Female 12.1

Age Deaths per 100,000 population
Under 21 1.6
21 to 34 30.2
35 to 54 35.2
55 and over 13.3

Death rates by sex and age: Drug-related suicide, 2010
Sex Deaths per 100,000 population
Male 2.1
Female 2.0

Age Deaths per 100,000 population
Under 21 *
21 to 34 2.3
35 to 54 3.8
55 and over 2.1

Place of death, 2010
Drug-related Deaths
Health care facility 187
Home 366
Public place 25
Other 77
Not documented *

Drug-related suicide Deaths
Health care facility 15
Home 45
Public place *
Other 7
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 - 657 149 - 69 17
Alcohol - 146 * - 22 0
Cocaine - 256 67 - 7 0
Marijuana - 26 0 - * 0
Stimulants - 16 * - * 0
Club drugs - 0 0 - 0 0
Hallucinogens - 23 * - * 0
Inhalants - * 0 - 0 0
Antidepressants - 107 * - 27 4
Antipsychotics - 31 0 - 8 *
Benzodiazepines - 253 * - 29 *
Misc. anxiolytics, sedatives, and hypnotics - 55 * - 8 0
Opiates/opioids - 486 67 - 39 4
– Heroin (specified) - 126 27 - 5 0
– Methadone - 92 10 - 4 0
– All other opiates/opioids - 347 30 - 31 4
Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory agents - 9 0 - * 0
Salicylates/combinations - * * - 0 0
Misc. analgesics/combinations - 30 * - 6 0
Anticonvulsants - 31 0 - 8 0
Muscle relaxants - 26 0 - 4 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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