Go to the Table Of Contents

Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Marietta, GA

Drug-related deaths reported to DAWN 259
Drug-related suicide deaths reported to DAWN 23
Metro area population, 2006 5,138,223
Population covered by DAWN 3,335,970
Percent of population covered by DAWN 65%

Metro area overview: Deaths and population by county, 2006
Metro area component Drug-related Drug-related suicide Population
Deaths Rate Deaths Rate
* Area did not participate in DAWN this year.
Total participating (8) 259 7.8 23 0.7 3,335,970
1. Barrow County, GA*         63,702
2. Bartow County, GA*         91,266
3. Butts County, GA*         23,561
4. Carroll County, GA 16 14.9 2 1.9 107,325
5. Cherokee County, GA*         195,327
6. Clayton County, GA*         271,240
7. Cobb County, GA 49 7.2 0 0.0 679,325
8. Coweta County, GA*         115,291
9. Dawson County, GA*         20,643
10. DeKalb County, GA 30 4.1 2 0.3 723,602
11. Douglas County, GA*         119,557
12. Fayette County, GA*         106,671
13. Forsyth County, GA*         150,968
14. Fulton County, GA 112 11.7 9 0.9 960,009
15. Gwinnett County, GA 40 5.3 9 1.2 757,104
16. Haralson County, GA*         28,616
17. Heard County, GA 3 26.2 0 0.0 11,472
18. Henry County, GA*         178,033
19. Jasper County, GA*         13,624
20. Lamar County, GA*         16,679
21. Meriwether County, GA*         22,881
22. Newton County, GA*         91,451
23. Paulding County, GA*         121,530
24. Pickens County, GA*         29,640
25. Pike County, GA 0 0.0 0 0.0 16,801
26. Rockdale County, GA 9 11.2 1 1.2 80,332
27. Spalding County, GA*         62,185
28. Walton County, GA*         79,388

Deaths by manner of death, 2006
Suicide 8.2%
Homicide 0.0%
Could not be determined 2.5%
Accidental 86.2%
Natural 3.2%

Place of death, 2006
Drug-related Deaths
Health care facility 93
Home 126
Public place 13
Other 27
Not documented 0

Drug-related suicide Deaths
Health care facility --
Home 17
Public place 4
Other --
Not documented 0

Top 5 drugs involved: Drug-related deaths, 2006
Drug category Single-drug deaths Multi-drug deaths Total
Cocaine 78 53 131
Opiates/opioids 10 112 122
Benzodiazepines 0 57 57
Antidepressants 1 47 48
Alcohol 0 46 46

Top 5 drugs involved: Drug-related suicide deaths, 2006
Drug category Single-drug deaths Multi-drug deaths Total
Opiates/opioids 0 10 10
Misc. anxiolytics, sedatives, and hypnotics 3 6 9
Benzodiazepines 0 8 8
Antidepressants 1 4 5
Alcohol 0 5 5

Death rates by gender and age: Drug-related, 2006
Gender Deaths per 100,000 population
Male 10.5
Female 5.1

Age Deaths per 100,000 population
Under 21 0.9
21 to 34 7.4
35 to 54 16.0
55 and over 4.9

Death rates by gender and age: Drug-related suicide, 2006
Gender Deaths per 100,000 population
Male 0.7
Female 0.7

Age Deaths per 100,000 population
Under 21 0.0
21 to 34 0.2
35 to 54 1.7
55 and over 0.7

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 200 259 100 18 23 6
Alcohol* 40 46 0 6 5 0
Cocaine 101 131 78 -- 4 --
Marijuana -- 0 0 0 0 0
Stimulants 22 19 5 -- -- 0
Club drugs -- 8 -- 0 0 0
Hallucinogens†† 0 -- 0 0 0 0
Inhalants -- -- 0 0 -- 0
Antidepressants 26 48 -- 11 5 --
Antipsychotics -- 14 0 -- -- 0
Benzodiazepines 50 57 0 9 8 0
Misc. anxiolytics, sedatives, and hypnotics 11 25 0 -- 9 --
Opiates/opioids 98 122 10 10 10 0
– Heroin (specified) -- 0 0 0 0 0
– Methadone 33 32 4 0 0 0
– All other opiates/opioids 77 98 6 10 10 0
Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory agents -- -- 0 0 0 0
Salicylates/combinations 0 0 0 0 0 0
Misc. analgesics/combinations 5 6 0 -- 4 0
Anticonvulsants -- -- -- 0 -- 0
Muscle relaxants 12 16 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, 2006 (08/2008 update).

Return to the Metropolitan Area Profiles TOC

Go to Top of PageGo to the Table of Contents