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Portland-Vancouver-Beaverton, OR-WA

Drug-related deaths reported to DAWN 176
Drug-related suicide deaths reported to DAWN 33
Metro area population, 2005 2,096,571
Population covered by DAWN 1,541,920
Percent of population covered by DAWN 74%

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 (3) 176 11.4 33 2.1 1,541,920
1. Clackamas County, OR 29 7.9 2 0.5 368,259
2. Columbia County, OR*         47,899
3. Multnomah County, OR 121 18.0 23 3.4 672,947
4. Washington County, OR 26 5.2 8 1.6 500,714
5. Yamhill County, OR*         92,080
6. Clark County, WA*         404,066
7. Skamania County, WA*         10,606

Deaths by manner of death, 2005
Suicide 15.8%
Homicide 0.5%
Could not be determined 13.4%
Natural/accidental 70.3%

Place of death, 2005
Drug-related Deaths
Health care facility 29
Home 105
Public place 20
Other 22
Not documented 0

Drug-related suicide Deaths
Health care facility 4
Home 23
Public place --
Other 4
Not documented 0

Top 5 drugs involved: Drug-related deaths, 2005
Drug category Single-drug deaths Multi-drug deaths Total
Opiates/opioids 28 118 146
Alcohol 2 57 59
Cocaine 6 37 43
Benzodiazepines 2 28 30
Antidepressants 0 28 28

Top 5 drugs involved: Drug-related suicide deaths, 2005
Drug category Single-drug deaths Multi-drug deaths Total
Opiates/opioids 0 20 20
Antidepressants 2 10 12
Alcohol 0 12 12
Misc. anxiolytics, sedatives, and hypnotics 0 6 6
Benzodiazepines 0 5 5

Gender and age death rates: Drug-related, 2005
Gender Deaths per 100,000 population
Male 15.6
Female 7.2

Age Deaths per 100,000 population
Under 21 1.4
21 to 34 13.5
35 to 54 22.7
55 and over 5.8

Gender and age death rates: Drug-related suicide, 2005
Gender Deaths per 100,000 population
Male 2.6
Female 1.7

Age Deaths per 100,000 population
Under 21 0.0
21 to 34 1.6
35 to 54 3.3
55 and over 3.7

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 154 176 46 30 33 6
Alcohol* 57 59 -- 10 12 0
Cocaine 57 43 6 0 4 0
Marijuana 15 11 0 -- -- 0
Stimulants 24 23 6 4 -- 0
Club drugs -- 0 0 0 0 0
Hallucinogens†† 0 0 0 0 0 0
Inhalants -- 0 0 0 -- --
Antidepressants 38 28 0 16 12 --
Antipsychotics -- 5 0 8 -- 0
Benzodiazepines 32 30 -- 4 5 0
Misc. anxiolytics, sedatives, and hypnotics 15 16 0 -- 6 0
Opiates/opioids 128 146 28 10 20 0
– Heroin (specified) 65 50 13 0 4 0
– Methadone 36 50 12 4 4 0
– All other opiates/opioids 96 70 -- 6 17 0
Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory agents 0 -- 0 0 -- 0
Salicylates/combinations -- 0 0 -- 0 0
Misc. analgesics/combinations 5 4 -- -- -- --
Anticonvulsants -- 4 0 -- -- 0
Muscle relaxants 4 6 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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