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Denver-Aurora, CO: Denver County, CO

Drug-related deaths reported to DAWN 156
Drug-related suicide deaths reported to DAWN 16
Population 566,974
Drug-related deaths per 100,000 population 27.5
Drug-related suicide deaths per 100,000 population 2.8

Drug-related deaths by drug category, 2005-2006
Drug category Drug-related Drug-related suicide
Deaths, 2005 Deaths, 2006 Single-drug
deaths, 2006
Deaths, 2005 Deaths, 2006 Single-drug
deaths, 2006
* 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 152 156 34 26 16 5
Alcohol* 53 76 0 6 7 0
Cocaine 87 84 18 -- -- 0
Marijuana -- 8 0 0 -- 0
Stimulants 11 11 0 -- -- 0
Club drugs 0 -- 0 0 0 0
Hallucinogens†† 0 0 0 0 0 0
Inhalants -- 0 0 0 -- --
Antidepressants 5 17 0 8 5 --
Antipsychotics -- -- 0 -- -- 0
Benzodiazepines 15 18 0 7 -- 0
Misc. anxiolytics, sedatives, and hypnotics 5 4 0 -- -- 0
Opiates/opioids 92 107 16 13 6 0
– Heroin (specified) 4 7 -- -- -- 0
– Methadone 14 16 -- -- 0 0
– All other opiates/opioids 78 89 10 9 5 0
Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory agents 0 -- 0 -- 0 0
Salicylates/combinations 0 0 0 -- 0 0
Misc. analgesics/combinations 7 8 0 5 -- --
Anticonvulsants -- -- 0 0 -- --
Muscle relaxants -- -- 0 -- 0 0

Deaths by manner of death, 2006
Suicide 9.3%
Homicide 0.0%
Could not be determined 17.4%
Accidental 73.3%
Natural 0.0%

Place of death, 2006
Drug-related Deaths
Health care facility 36
Home 79
Public place 9
Other 32
Not documented 0

Drug-related suicide Deaths
Health care facility --
Home 10
Public place 0
Other 4
Not documented 0

Death rates by gender and age: Drug-related, 2006
Gender Deaths per 100,000 population
Male 39.5
Female 15.1

Age Deaths per 100,000 population
Under 21 2.6
21 to 34 30.0
35 to 54 56.2
55 and over 16.4

Top 5 drugs involved: Drug-related deaths, 2006
Drug category Single-drug deaths Multi-drug deaths Total
Opiates/opioids 16 91 107
Cocaine 18 66 84
Alcohol 0 76 76
Benzodiazepines 0 18 18
Antidepressants 0 17 17

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, 2006 (08/2008 update).

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