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Denver-Aurora, CO

Drug-related deaths reported to DAWN 314
Drug-related suicide deaths reported to DAWN 62
Metro area population, 2005 2,361,778
Population covered by DAWN 2,287,309
Percent of population covered by DAWN 97%

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 (6) 314 13.7 62 2.7 2,287,309
1. Adams County, CO 64 15.9 17 4.2 402,219
2. Arapahoe County, CO 51 9.6 9 1.7 529,305
3. Broomfield County, CO*         43,376
4. Clear Creek County, CO*         9,196
5. Denver County, CO 152 27.2 26 4.7 558,663
6. Douglas County, CO 8 3.2 1 0.4 249,572
7. Elbert County, CO 3 13.2 0 0.0 22,741
8. Gilpin County, CO*         4,953
9. Jefferson County, CO 36 6.9 9 1.7 524,809
10. Park County, CO*         16,944

Deaths by manner of death, 2005
Suicide 16.5%
Homicide 0.0%
Could not be determined 12.0%
Natural/accidental 71.5%

Place of death, 2005
Drug-related Deaths
Health care facility 66
Home 173
Public place 27
Other 48
Not documented 0

Drug-related suicide Deaths
Health care facility 12
Home 41
Public place 6
Other --
Not documented 0

Top 5 drugs involved: Drug-related deaths, 2005
Drug category Single-drug deaths Multi-drug deaths Total
Opiates/opioids 53 145 198
Cocaine 38 104 142
Alcohol 0 96 96
Benzodiazepines 0 36 36
Antidepressants 2 34 36

Top 5 drugs involved: Drug-related suicide deaths, 2005
Drug category Single-drug deaths Multi-drug deaths Total
Opiates/opioids 10 20 30
Antidepressants 6 17 23
Alcohol 0 14 14
Benzodiazepines 0 11 11
Miscellaneous analgesics/combinations 2 8 10

Gender and age death rates: Drug-related, 2005
Gender Deaths per 100,000 population
Male 19.4
Female 8.0

Age Deaths per 100,000 population
Under 21 1.1
21 to 34 13.8
35 to 54 28.0
55 and over 9.8

Gender and age death rates: Drug-related suicide, 2005
Gender Deaths per 100,000 population
Male 3.0
Female 2.5

Age Deaths per 100,000 population
Under 21 0.8
21 to 34 1.9
35 to 54 4.6
55 and over 3.4

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   314 106   62 24
Alcohol*   96 0   14 0
Cocaine   142 38   -- --
Marijuana   7 0   -- 0
Stimulants   29 7   -- 0
Club drugs   -- 0   0 0
Hallucinogens††   0 0   0 0
Inhalants   6 --   -- --
Antidepressants   36 --   23 6
Antipsychotics   7 0   -- 0
Benzodiazepines   36 0   11 0
Misc. anxiolytics, sedatives, and hypnotics   15 0   8 --
Opiates/opioids   198 53   30 10
– Heroin (specified)   14 --   -- --
– Methadone   34 13   9 --
– All other opiates/opioids   159 38   20 7
Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory agents   0 0   -- 0
Salicylates/combinations   -- --   -- --
Misc. analgesics/combinations   19 --   10 --
Anticonvulsants   4 0   -- 0
Muscle relaxants   7 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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