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Denver-Aurora, CO

Drug-related deaths reported to DAWN 325
Drug-related suicide deaths reported to DAWN 55
Metro area population, 2006 2,408,750
Population covered by DAWN 2,332,305
Percent of population covered by DAWN 97%

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 (6) 325 13.9 55 2.4 2,332,305
1. Adams County, CO 64 15.4 12 2.9 414,338
2. Arapahoe County, CO 60 11.2 9 1.7 537,197
3. Broomfield County, CO*         45,116
4. Clear Creek County, CO*         9,130
5. Denver County, CO 156 27.5 16 2.8 566,974
6. Douglas County, CO 16 6.1 3 1.1 263,621
7. Elbert County, CO 1 4.3 1 4.3 23,181
8. Gilpin County, CO*         5,042
9. Jefferson County, CO 28 5.3 14 2.7 526,994
10. Park County, CO*         17,157

Deaths by manner of death, 2006
Suicide 14.5%
Homicide 0.0%
Could not be determined 13.4%
Accidental 70.8%
Natural 1.3%

Place of death, 2006
Drug-related Deaths
Health care facility 61
Home 198
Public place 18
Other 47
Not documented --

Drug-related suicide Deaths
Health care facility 8
Home 34
Public place 5
Other 8
Not documented 0

Top 5 drugs involved: Drug-related deaths, 2006
Drug category Single-drug deaths Multi-drug deaths Total
Opiates/opioids 47 171 218
Cocaine 38 103 141
Alcohol 0 125 125
Antidepressants 0 52 52
Benzodiazepines 0 50 50

Top 5 drugs involved: Drug-related suicide deaths, 2006
Drug category Single-drug deaths Multi-drug deaths Total
Antidepressants 3 20 23
Alcohol 0 20 20
Opiates/opioids 4 15 19
Misc. anxiolytics, sedatives, and hypnotics 0 16 16
Benzodiazepines 1 12 13

Death rates by gender and age: Drug-related, 2006
Gender Deaths per 100,000 population
Male 17.9
Female 9.9

Age Deaths per 100,000 population
Under 21 1.3
21 to 34 16.2
35 to 54 27.9
55 and over 8.0

Death rates by gender and age: Drug-related suicide, 2006
Gender Deaths per 100,000 population
Male 2.1
Female 2.7

Age Deaths per 100,000 population
Under 21 0.0
21 to 34 2.1
35 to 54 4.4
55 and over 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 314 325 95 62 55 15
Alcohol* 96 125 0 14 20 0
Cocaine 142 141 38 -- -- 0
Marijuana 7 10 0 -- -- 0
Stimulants 29 24 -- -- -- --
Club drugs -- -- 0 0 0 0
Hallucinogens†† 0 0 0 0 0 0
Inhalants 6 -- -- -- -- --
Antidepressants 36 52 0 23 23 --
Antipsychotics 7 9 -- -- -- 0
Benzodiazepines 36 50 0 11 13 --
Misc. anxiolytics, sedatives, and hypnotics 15 14 0 8 16 0
Opiates/opioids 198 218 47 30 19 4
– Heroin (specified) 14 23 8 -- -- 0
– Methadone 34 40 13 9 -- --
– All other opiates/opioids 159 171 26 20 15 --
Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory agents 0 -- 0 -- 0 0
Salicylates/combinations -- 0 0 -- 0 0
Misc. analgesics/combinations 19 17 -- 10 9 --
Anticonvulsants 4 7 0 -- -- --
Muscle relaxants 7 10 -- -- -- 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).

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