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Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Marietta, GA

Drug misuse deaths reported to DAWN 195
Suicide deaths reported to DAWN 25
Metro area population, 2004 4,708,297
Population covered by DAWN 3,148,259
Percent of population covered by DAWN 67%

Metro area overview: Deaths and population by county, 2004
Metro area component Drug misuse Suicide Total
population
Deaths Rate1 Deaths Rate1
§ Area did not participate in DAWN this year.
* Indicates area featured in Spotlight section.
1 Deaths per 1,000,000 population.
Total participating (8) 195 61.9 25 7.9 3,148,259
1. Barrow County, GA§         56,418
2. Bartow County, GA§         86,972
3. Butts County, GA§         22,362
4. Carroll County, GA 18 177.2 2 19.7 101,577
5. Cherokee County, GA 2 11.4 1 5.7 174,680
6. Clayton County, GA§         264,951
7. Cobb County, GA 42 64.2 3 4.6 654,005
8. Coweta County, GA§         105,376
9. Dawson County, GA§         19,064
10. DeKalb County, GA 18 26.6 4 5.9 675,725
11. Douglas County, GA§         107,217
12. Fayette County, GA§         101,333
13. Forsyth County, GA§         131,865
14. Fulton County, GA* 90 110.5 10 12.3 814,438
15. Gwinnett County, GA 25 35.7 5 7.1 700,794
16. Haralson County, GA§         28,069
17. Heard County, GA 0 0.0 0 0.0 11,290
18. Henry County, GA§         159,506
19. Jasper County, GA§         12,866
20. Lamar County, GA§         16,410
21. Meriwether County, GA§         22,750
22. Newton County, GA§         81,524
23. Paulding County, GA§         105,936
24. Pickens County, GA§         27,771
25. Pike County, GA 0 0.0 0 0.0 15,750
26. Rockdale County, GA§         76,821
27. Spalding County, GA§         60,886
28. Walton County, GA§         71,941

Deaths by case type, 2004
Suicide 11.4%
Overmedication 15.5%
Homicide 0.0%
All other accidental 67.3%
Could not be determined 5.9%

Place of death, 2004
Drug misuse Deaths
Health care facility 47
Home 101
Public place 10
Other 37
Not documented 0

Suicide Deaths
Health care facility 5
Home 15
Public place --
Other --
Not documented 0

Top 5 drugs involved: Drug misuse deaths, 2004
Drug category Single-drug deaths Multi-drug deaths Total
Opiates/opioids 15 88 103
Cocaine 59 44 103
Alcohol 2 42 44
Benzodiazepines 0 33 33
Antidepressants 1 24 25

Top 5 drugs involved: Suicide deaths, 2004
Drug category Single-drug deaths Multi-drug deaths Total
Benzodiazepines 1 9 10
Antidepressants 1 8 9
Alcohol 0 9 9
Misc. anxiolytics, sedatives, and hypnotics 2 6 8
Opiates/opioids 1 4 5

Death rates by gender and age: Drug misuse, 2004
Gender Deaths per 1,000,000 population
Male 79.5
Female 41.1

Age Deaths per 1,000,000 population
Under 21 9.3
21 to 34 62.3
35 to 54 114.4
55 and over 41.8

Death rates by gender and age: Suicide, 2004
Gender Deaths per 1,000,000 population
Male 5.0
Female 10.4

Age Deaths per 1,000,000 population
Under 21 0.0
21 to 34 8.3
35 to 54 16.6
55 and over 3.8

Causes of death, 2004
Drug misuse Deaths
Any drug-related cause 187
– Abuse 5
– Drug or alcohol 187
– Toxic effects 165
Body systems (includes infections) 36
Accidents and injuries 11

Suicide Deaths
Any drug-related cause 24
– Abuse 0
– Drug or alcohol 24
– Toxic effects 23
Body systems (includes infections) 0
Accidents and injuries --

Drug-related deaths by drug category, 2003-2004
Drug category Drug misuse Suicide
Deaths,
2003
Deaths,
2004
Single-drug
deaths,
2004
Deaths,
2003
Deaths,
2004
Single-drug
deaths,
2004
2 Includes alcohol in combination with other drugs (all ages) and alcohol alone in decedents under age 21.
3 Includes MDMA (Ecstasy), GHB, flunitrazepam (Rohypnol), and ketamine.
4 Includes PCP, LSD, and miscellaneous hallucinogens.
ALL DRUGS   195 84   25 7
Alcohol2   44 --   9 0
Cocaine   103 59   0 0
Marijuana   0 0   0 0
Stimulants   17 5   -- 0
Club drugs3   -- 0   0 0
Hallucinogens4   0 0   0 0
Inhalants   0 0   0 0
 
Antidepressants   25 --   9 --
Antipsychotics   -- 0   -- 0
Benzodiazepines   33 0   10 --
Misc. anxiolytics, sedatives, and hypnotics   12 --   8 --
Opiates/opioids   103 15   5 --
– Heroin (specified)   -- 0   0 0
– Methadone   37 6   0 0
– All other opiates/opioids   77 9   5 --
Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory agents   0 0   -- 0
Salicylates/combinations   0 0   -- --
Misc. analgesics/combinations   4 0   -- 0
Anticonvulsants   4 0   -- 0
Muscle relaxants   8 0   4 0

End Notes
-- Indicates a number less than 4 has been suppressed.
SOURCE: Office of Applied Studies, SAMHSA, Drug Abuse Warning Network 2004 (11/2005 update).

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