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Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Marietta, GA

Drug-related deaths reported to DAWN 200
Drug-related suicide deaths reported to DAWN 18
Metro area population, 2005 4,972,219
Population covered by DAWN 3,248,432
Percent of population covered by DAWN 65%

Metro area overview: Deaths and population by county, 2005
Metro area component Drug-related Drug-related suicide Population
Deaths Rate Deaths Rate
* Area did not participate in DAWN this year.
Total participating (8) 200 6.2 18 0.6 3,248,432
1. Barrow County, GA*         59,920
2. Bartow County, GA*         89,049
3. Butts County, GA*         22,837
4. Carroll County, GA 22 21.1 2 1.9 104,386
5. Cherokee County, GA*         184,360
6. Clayton County, GA*         266,614
7. Cobb County, GA 38 5.7 1 0.2 663,528
8. Coweta County, GA*         109,769
9. Dawson County, GA*         19,825
10. DeKalb County, GA 27 3.8 1 0.1 713,679
11. Douglas County, GA*         112,914
12. Fayette County, GA*         104,186
13. Forsyth County, GA*         140,804
14. Fulton County, GA 76 8.1 9 1.0 934,242
15. Gwinnett County, GA 30 4.1 3 0.4 726,790
16. Haralson County, GA*         28,335
17. Heard County, GA 0 0.0 0 0.0 11,336
18. Henry County, GA*         168,204
19. Jasper County, GA*         13,144
20. Lamar County, GA*         16,605
21. Meriwether County, GA*         22,754
22. Newton County, GA*         86,529
23. Paulding County, GA*         112,566
24. Pickens County, GA*         28,440
25. Pike County, GA 0 0.0 0 0.0 16,073
26. Rockdale County, GA 7 8.9 2 2.6 78,398
27. Spalding County, GA*         61,262
28. Walton County, GA*         75,670

Deaths by manner of death, 2005
Suicide 8.3%
Homicide 0.0%
Could not be determined 2.8%
Natural/accidental 89.0%

Place of death, 2005
Drug-related Deaths
Health care facility 50
Home 102
Public place 14
Other 34
Not documented 0

Drug-related suicide Deaths
Health care facility --
Home 14
Public place 0
Other --
Not documented 0

Top 5 drugs involved: Drug-related deaths, 2005
Drug category Single-drug deaths Multi-drug deaths Total
Cocaine 49 52 101
Opiates/opioids 13 85 98
Benzodiazepines 1 49 50
Alcohol 0 40 40
Antidepressants 5 21 26

Top 5 drugs involved: Drug-related suicide deaths, 2005
Drug category Single-drug deaths Multi-drug deaths Total
Antidepressants 0 11 11
Opiates/opioids 1 9 10
Benzodiazepines 0 9 9
Alcohol 0 6 6

Gender and age death rates: Drug-related, 2005
Gender Deaths per 100,000 population
Male 8.3
Female 4.0

Age Deaths per 100,000 population
Under 21 1.3
21 to 34 6.4
35 to 54 11.5
55 and over 4.3

Gender and age death rates: Drug-related suicide, 2005
Gender Deaths per 100,000 population
Male 0.6
Female 0.5

Age Deaths per 100,000 population
Under 21 0.0
21 to 34 0.3
35 to 54 0.9
55 and over 1.2

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   200 76   18 4
Alcohol*   40 0   6 0
Cocaine   101 49   -- 0
Marijuana   -- 0   0 0
Stimulants   22 5   -- 0
Club drugs   -- 0   0 0
Hallucinogens††   0 0   0 0
Inhalants   -- --   0 0
Antidepressants   26 5   11 0
Antipsychotics   -- 0   -- 0
Benzodiazepines   50 --   9 0
Misc. anxiolytics, sedatives, and hypnotics   11 0   -- --
Opiates/opioids   98 13   10 --
– Heroin (specified)   -- 0   0 0
– Methadone   33 --   0 0
– All other opiates/opioids   77 12   10 --
Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory agents   -- 0   0 0
Salicylates/combinations   0 0   0 0
Misc. analgesics/combinations   5 0   -- --
Anticonvulsants   -- 0   0 0
Muscle relaxants   12 0   0 0

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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