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Los Angeles-Long Beach-Santa Ana, CA

Drug-related deaths reported to DAWN 1,088
Drug-related suicide deaths reported to DAWN 132
Metro area population, 2005 12,933,839
Population covered by DAWN 9,941,197
Percent of population covered by DAWN 77%

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 (1) 1,088 10.9 132 1.3 9,941,197
1. Los Angeles County, CA 1,088 10.9 132 1.3 9,941,197
2. Orange County, CA*         2,992,642

Deaths by manner of death, 2005
Suicide 10.8%
Homicide 0.2%
Could not be determined 1.0%
Natural/accidental 88.0%

Place of death, 2005
Drug-related Deaths
Health care facility 389
Home 349
Public place 80
Other 270
Not documented 0

Drug-related suicide Deaths
Health care facility 25
Home 79
Public place 9
Other 19
Not documented 0

Top 5 drugs involved: Drug-related deaths, 2005
Drug category Single-drug deaths Multi-drug deaths Total
Opiates/opioids 50 494 544
Cocaine 172 301 473
Stimulants 24 240 264
Alcohol 3 238 241
Antidepressants 7 139 146

Top 5 drugs involved: Drug-related suicide deaths, 2005
Drug category Single-drug deaths Multi-drug deaths Total
Antidepressants 6 41 47
Benzodiazepines 2 33 35
Opiates/opioids 0 34 34
Misc. anxiolytics, sedatives, and hypnotics 4 26 30
Alcohol 0 27 27

Gender and age death rates: Drug-related, 2005
Gender Deaths per 100,000 population
Male 16.4
Female 5.6

Age Deaths per 100,000 population
Under 21 1.2
21 to 34 9.3
35 to 54 23.1
55 and over 10.2

Gender and age death rates: Drug-related suicide, 2005
Gender Deaths per 100,000 population
Male 1.6
Female 1.1

Age Deaths per 100,000 population
Under 21 0.1
21 to 34 1.4
35 to 54 2.2
55 and over 2.0

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 1,040 1,088 296 167 132 24
Alcohol* 166 241 -- 25 27 0
Cocaine 440 473 172 21 17 --
Marijuana 48 60 20 4 7 --
Stimulants 207 264 24 28 24 0
Club drugs 9 14 -- -- 0 0
Hallucinogens†† 15 17 4 0 -- 0
Inhalants 7 -- 0 5 -- 0
Antidepressants 133 146 7 65 47 6
Antipsychotics 56 45 -- 17 16 --
Benzodiazepines 82 90 0 34 35 --
Misc. anxiolytics, sedatives, and hypnotics 84 92 -- 35 30 4
Opiates/opioids 546 544 50 50 34 0
– Heroin (specified) 279 215 4 4 0 0
– Methadone 59 58 6 -- -- 0
– All other opiates/opioids 498 501 40 50 32 0
Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory agents 9 7 0 -- -- 0
Salicylates/combinations 4 4 -- -- 4 --
Misc. analgesics/combinations 27 29 -- 14 16 --
Anticonvulsants 30 33 -- 9 4 0
Muscle relaxants 29 28 0 10 6 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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