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Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, AZ

Drug misuse deaths reported to DAWN 396
Suicide deaths reported to DAWN 67
Metro area population, 2004 3,715,360
Population covered by DAWN 3,501,001
Percent of population covered by DAWN 94%

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.
1 Deaths per 1,000,000 population.
Total participating (1) 396 113.1 67 19.1 3,501,001
1. Maricopa County, AZ 396 113.1 67 19.1 3,501,001
2. Pinal County, AZ§         214,359

Deaths by case type, 2004
Suicide 14.5%
Overmedication 13.4%
Homicide 0.0%
All other accidental 65.2%
Could not be determined 6.9%

Place of death, 2004
Drug misuse Deaths
Health care facility 110
Home 198
Public place 27
Other 54
Not documented 7

Suicide Deaths
Health care facility 21
Home 35
Public place --
Other 9
Not documented --

Top 5 drugs involved: Drug misuse deaths, 2004
Drug category Single-drug deaths Multi-drug deaths Total
Opiates/opioids 42 223 265
Cocaine 16 114 130
Alcohol 6 94 100
Stimulants 22 64 86
Benzodiazepines 1 52 53

Top 5 drugs involved: Suicide deaths, 2004
Drug category Single-drug deaths Multi-drug deaths Total
Opiates/opioids 8 24 32
Antidepressants 4 21 25
Benzodiazepines 0 15 15
Misc. anxiolytics, sedatives, and hypnotics 4 10 14
Misc. analgesics/combinations 2 8 10

Death rates by gender and age: Drug misuse, 2004
Gender Deaths per 1,000,000 population
Male 162.6
Female 63.2

Age Deaths per 1,000,000 population
Under 21 22.6
21 to 34 104.4
35 to 54 260.5
55 and over 62.6

Death rates by gender and age: Suicide, 2004
Gender Deaths per 1,000,000 population
Male 15.4
Female 23.0

Age Deaths per 1,000,000 population
Under 21 2.7
21 to 34 13.4
35 to 54 39.3
55 and over 24.2

Causes of death, 2004
Drug misuse Deaths
Any drug-related cause 388
– Abuse 126
– Drug or alcohol 388
– Toxic effects 351
Body systems (includes infections) 24
Accidents and injuries 11

Suicide Deaths
Any drug-related cause 66
– Abuse --
– Drug or alcohol 65
– Toxic effects 66
Body systems (includes infections) --
Accidents and injuries 34

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 389 396 99 102 67 19
Alcohol2 110 100 6 31 10 0
Cocaine 130 130 16 14 -- 0
Marijuana 0 7 0 0 0 0
Stimulants 104 86 22 18 4 0
Club drugs3 0 0 0 -- 0 0
Hallucinogens4 -- -- 0 0 0 0
Inhalants -- -- -- 0 0 0
 
Antidepressants 25 39 -- 10 25 4
Antipsychotics 5 5 -- -- -- 0
Benzodiazepines 54 53 -- 20 15 0
Misc. anxiolytics, sedatives, and hypnotics 22 17 -- 11 14 4
Opiates/opioids 227 265 42 35 32 8
– Heroin (specified) 13 65 7 0 -- --
– Methadone 52 64 10 -- 5 --
– All other opiates/opioids 181 164 25 32 26 6
Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory agents 0 0 0 0 0 0
Salicylates/combinations -- 0 0 4 -- 0
Misc. analgesics/combinations 6 16 -- 14 10 --
Anticonvulsants 4 -- 0 4 -- 0
Muscle relaxants 10 12 -- -- -- 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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