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

Drug-related deaths reported to DAWN 462
Drug-related suicide deaths reported to DAWN 22
Population 1,456,350
Drug-related deaths per 100,000 population 31.7
Drug-related suicide deaths per 100,000 population 1.5

Drug-related deaths by drug category, 2004-2005
Drug category Drug-related Drug-related suicide
Deaths,
2004
Deaths,
2005
Single-drug
deaths,
2005
Deaths,
2004
Deaths,
2005
Single-drug
deaths,
2005
* Includes alcohol in combination with other drugs (all ages) and alcohol alone in decedents under age 21.
Includes MDMA (Ecstasy), GHB, flunitrazepam (Rohypnol), and ketamine.
†† Includes PCP, LSD, and miscellaneous hallucinogens.
ALL DRUGS   462 55   22 --
Alcohol*   116 0   -- --
Cocaine   301 43   -- --
Marijuana   0 0   0 --
Stimulants   14 0   0 --
Club drugs   4 0   0 --
Hallucinogens††   15 --   0 --
Inhalants   0 0   -- --
Antidepressants   125 0   13 --
Antipsychotics   50 0   -- --
Benzodiazepines   91 --   8 --
Misc. anxiolytics, sedatives, and hypnotics   74 0   8 --
Opiates/opioids   298 5   11 --
– Heroin (specified)   98 --   -- --
– Methadone   89 --   -- --
– All other opiates/opioids   252 --   10 --
Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory agents   76 0   -- --
Salicylates/combinations   0 0   0 --
Misc. analgesics/combinations   14 0   -- --
Anticonvulsants   45 --   4 --
Muscle relaxants   27 0   -- --

Deaths by manner of death, 2005
Suicide 4.5%
Homicide 0.0%
Could not be determined 3.1%
Natural/accidental 92.4%

Place of death, 2005
Drug-related Deaths
Health care facility 158
Home 220
Public place 34
Other 47
Not documented --

Drug-related suicide Deaths
Health care facility 10
Home 11
Public place 0
Other --
Not documented 0

Death rates by gender and age: Drug-related, 2005
Gender Deaths per 100,000 population
Male 49.7
Female 15.9

Age Deaths per 100,000 population
Under 21 3.6
21 to 34 40.2
35 to 54 67.7
55 and over 18.5

Top 5 drugs involved: Drug-related deaths, 2005
Drug category Single-drug deaths Multi-drug deaths Total
Cocaine 43 258 301
Opiates/opioids 5 293 298
Antidepressants 0 125 125
Alcohol 0 116 116
Benzodiazepines 2 89 91

End Notes
1. Drug-related deaths exclude suicides.
2. All death rates are per 100,000 population.
3. -- A number less than 4 has been suppressed.

SOURCE: Office of Applied Studies, SAMHSA, Drug Abuse Warning Network, 2005 (08/2008 update).

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