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Pittsburgh, PA

Drug-related deaths reported to DAWN 219
Drug-related suicide deaths reported to DAWN 21
Metro area population, 2005 2,381,671
Population covered by DAWN 1,233,036
Percent of population covered by DAWN 52%

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) 219 17.8 21 1.7 1,233,036
1. Allegheny County, PA 219 17.8 21 1.7 1,233,036
2. Armstrong County, PA*         70,527
3. Beaver County, PA*         176,825
4. Butler County, PA*         181,526
5. Fayette County, PA*         146,206
6. Washington County, PA*         206,418
7. Westmoreland County, PA*         367,133

Deaths by manner of death, 2005
Suicide 8.8%
Homicide 0.0%
Could not be determined 2.1%
Natural/accidental 89.2%

Place of death, 2005
Drug-related Deaths
Health care facility 59
Home 124
Public place 8
Other 28
Not documented 0

Drug-related suicide Deaths
Health care facility 7
Home 12
Public place --
Other 0
Not documented 0

Top 5 drugs involved: Drug-related deaths, 2005
Drug category Single-drug deaths Multi-drug deaths Total
Opiates/opioids 47 131 178
Cocaine 30 79 109
Alcohol 0 40 40
Benzodiazepines 0 34 34
Antidepressants 1 23 24

Top 5 drugs involved: Drug-related suicide deaths, 2005
Drug category Single-drug deaths Multi-drug deaths Total
Opiates/opioids 1 6 7
Benzodiazepines 1 6 7
Antidepressants 1 6 7
Alcohol 0 4 4

Gender and age death rates: Drug-related, 2005
Gender Deaths per 100,000 population
Male 25.6
Female 10.7

Age Deaths per 100,000 population
Under 21 0.9
21 to 34 26.2
35 to 54 39.8
55 and over 4.9

Gender and age death rates: Drug-related suicide, 2005
Gender Deaths per 100,000 population
Male 1.5
Female 1.9

Age Deaths per 100,000 population
Under 21 0.0
21 to 34 1.0
35 to 54 3.5
55 and over 1.7

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 211 219 81 27 21 8
Alcohol* 32 40 0 7 4 0
Cocaine 92 109 30 -- -- 0
Marijuana 0 0 0 0 0 0
Stimulants -- 0 0 0 -- 0
Club drugs 0 0 0 0 0 0
Hallucinogens†† -- 0 0 0 0 0
Inhalants -- -- 0 -- -- --
Antidepressants 24 24 -- 9 7 --
Antipsychotics 6 5 0 -- -- --
Benzodiazepines 37 34 0 4 7 --
Misc. anxiolytics, sedatives, and hypnotics 9 7 0 -- -- 0
Opiates/opioids 164 178 47 9 7 --
– Heroin (specified) 79 79 25 0 0 0
– Methadone 30 36 5 -- 0 0
– All other opiates/opioids 69 78 17 7 7 --
Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory agents 0 0 0 0 0 0
Salicylates/combinations 0 -- -- -- -- --
Misc. analgesics/combinations 5 5 0 9 -- --
Anticonvulsants -- -- 0 -- -- 0
Muscle relaxants -- -- 0 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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