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Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA: King County, WA

Drug-related deaths reported to DAWN 301
Drug-related suicide deaths reported to DAWN 51
Population 1,799,119
Drug-related deaths per 100,000 population 16.7
Drug-related suicide deaths per 100,000 population 2.8

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 299 301 101 42 51 14
Alcohol* 75 73 0 11 16 0
Cocaine 99 90 21 -- 6 --
Marijuana 5 8 0 0 -- 0
Stimulants 25 31 13 0 5 5
Club drugs -- 5 0 0 0 0
Hallucinogens†† -- -- 0 0 0 0
Inhalants -- -- 0 -- -- --
Antidepressants 68 72 -- 21 21 0
Antipsychotics 6 5 0 -- -- --
Benzodiazepines 37 48 0 8 11 0
Misc. anxiolytics, sedatives, and hypnotics 32 30 0 13 11 --
Opiates/opioids 179 189 27 11 20 --
– Heroin (specified) 42 64 14 -- -- --
– Methadone 67 84 10 -- 5 0
– All other opiates/opioids 96 78 -- 9 14 --
Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory agents 0 -- -- -- -- 0
Salicylates/combinations -- 4 -- 4 -- --
Misc. analgesics/combinations 12 7 0 6 5 0
Anticonvulsants 16 15 0 4 6 0
Muscle relaxants 11 13 0 0 -- 0

Deaths by manner of death, 2005
Suicide 14.5%
Homicide 0.0%
Could not be determined 4.0%
Natural/accidental 81.5%

Place of death, 2005
Drug-related Deaths
Health care facility 93
Home 132
Public place 40
Other 36
Not documented 0

Drug-related suicide Deaths
Health care facility 6
Home 33
Public place 6
Other 6
Not documented 0

Death rates by gender and age: Drug-related, 2005
Gender Deaths per 100,000 population
Male 23.4
Female 10.1

Age Deaths per 100,000 population
Under 21 1.3
21 to 34 19.6
35 to 54 27.0
55 and over 16.4

Top 5 drugs involved: Drug-related deaths, 2005
Drug category Single-drug deaths Multi-drug deaths Total
Opiates/opioids 27 162 189
Cocaine 21 69 90
Alcohol 0 73 73
Antidepressants 1 71 72
Benzodiazepines 0 48 48

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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