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New Orleans-Metairie-Kenner, LA

Drug-related deaths reported to DAWN 153
Drug-related suicide deaths reported to DAWN 2
Metro area population, 2006 1,024,678
Population covered by DAWN 532,659
Percent of population covered by DAWN 52%

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 (3) 153 28.7 2 0.4 532,659
1. Jefferson Parish, LA 130 30.1 2 0.5 431,361
2. Orleans Parish, LA*         223,388
3. Plaquemines Parish, LA*         22,512
4. St. Bernard Parish, LA*         15,514
5. St. Charles Parish, LA 15 28.4 0 0.0 52,761
6. St. John the Baptist Parish, LA 8 16.5 0 0.0 48,537
7. St. Tammany Parish, LA*         230,605

Deaths by manner of death, 2006
Suicide 1.3%
Homicide 0.0%
Could not be determined 9.7%
Accidental 87.7%
Natural 1.3%

Place of death, 2006
Drug-related Deaths
Health care facility 29
Home 87
Public place 8
Other 28
Not documented --

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

Top 5 drugs involved: Drug-related deaths, 2006
Drug category Single-drug deaths Multi-drug deaths Total
Opiates/opioids 4 103 107
Cocaine 14 65 79
Benzodiazepines 0 64 64
Muscle relaxants 0 39 39
Alcohol 1 34 35

Top 5 drugs involved: Drug-related suicide deaths, 2006
No single drug had 4 or more deaths.

Death rates by gender and age: Drug-related, 2006
Gender Deaths per 100,000 population
Male 45.6
Female 13.0

Age Deaths per 100,000 population
Under 21 6.6
21 to 34 43.7
35 to 54 56.3
55 and over 10.7

Death rates by gender and age: Drug-related suicide, 2006
Gender Deaths per 100,000 population
Male 0.4
Female 0.4

Age Deaths per 100,000 population
Under 21 0.0
21 to 34 1.1
35 to 54 0.6
55 and over 0.0

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   153 23   -- 0
Alcohol*   35 --   --  
Cocaine   79 14   --  
Marijuana   24 --   --  
Stimulants   12 0   --  
Club drugs   5 --   --  
Hallucinogens††   0 0   --  
Inhalants   0 0   --  
Antidepressants   12 --   --  
Antipsychotics   -- 0   --  
Benzodiazepines   64 0   --  
Misc. anxiolytics, sedatives, and hypnotics   27 --   --  
Opiates/opioids   107 4   --  
– Heroin (specified)   6 0   --  
– Methadone   49 --   --  
– All other opiates/opioids   81 --   --  
Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory agents   -- 0   --  
Salicylates/combinations   0 0   --  
Misc. analgesics/combinations   17 0   --  
Anticonvulsants   -- 0   --  
Muscle relaxants   39 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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