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Pittsburgh, PA

Drug-related deaths reported to DAWN 187
Drug-related suicide deaths reported to DAWN 21
Metro area population, 2006 2,370,776
Population covered by DAWN 1,223,411
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 (1) 187 15.3 21 1.7 1,223,411
1. Allegheny County, PA 187 15.3 21 1.7 1,223,411
2. Armstrong County, PA*         70,096
3. Beaver County, PA*         175,736
4. Butler County, PA*         182,901
5. Fayette County, PA*         145,760
6. Washington County, PA*         206,432
7. Westmoreland County, PA*         366,440

Deaths by manner of death, 2006
Suicide 10.1%
Homicide 0.0%
Could not be determined 0.5%
Accidental 88.9%
Natural 0.5%

Place of death, 2006
Drug-related Deaths
Health care facility 51
Home 110
Public place 6
Other 20
Not documented 0

Drug-related suicide Deaths
Health care facility 4
Home 16
Public place --
Other 0
Not documented 0

Top 5 drugs involved: Drug-related deaths, 2006
Drug category Single-drug deaths Multi-drug deaths Total
Opiates/opioids 36 106 142
Cocaine 33 62 95
Alcohol 0 36 36
Antidepressants 0 30 30
Benzodiazepines 0 22 22

Top 5 drugs involved: Drug-related suicide deaths, 2006
Drug category Single-drug deaths Multi-drug deaths Total
Opiates/opioids 2 9 11
Misc. anxiolytics, sedatives, and hypnotics 0 5 5
Antidepressants 0 5 5
Alcohol 0 5 5
Miscellaneous analgesics/combinations 1 3 4

Death rates by gender and age: Drug-related, 2006
Gender Deaths per 100,000 population
Male 22.0
Female 9.2

Age Deaths per 100,000 population
Under 21 1.0
21 to 34 24.8
35 to 54 30.7
55 and over 6.8

Death rates by gender and age: Drug-related suicide, 2006
Gender Deaths per 100,000 population
Male 2.1
Female 1.4

Age Deaths per 100,000 population
Under 21 0.0
21 to 34 2.2
35 to 54 3.8
55 and over 0.8

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 219 187 70 21 21 8
Alcohol* 40 36 0 4 5 0
Cocaine 109 95 33 -- -- 0
Marijuana 0 0 0 0 0 0
Stimulants 0 -- 0 -- -- 0
Club drugs 0 0 0 0 0 0
Hallucinogens†† 0 0 0 0 0 0
Inhalants -- 0 0 -- -- --
Antidepressants 24 30 0 7 5 0
Antipsychotics 5 7 0 -- -- --
Benzodiazepines 34 22 0 7 4 0
Misc. anxiolytics, sedatives, and hypnotics 7 7 0 -- 5 0
Opiates/opioids 178 142 36 7 11 --
– Heroin (specified) 79 36 12 0 0 0
– Methadone 36 46 7 0 -- 0
– All other opiates/opioids 78 77 17 7 9 --
Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory agents 0 0 0 0 0 0
Salicylates/combinations -- 0 0 -- -- 0
Misc. analgesics/combinations 5 8 0 -- 4 --
Anticonvulsants -- -- 0 -- -- --
Muscle relaxants -- 7 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).

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