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New Orleans-Metairie-Kenner, LA

Drug-related deaths reported to DAWN 142
Drug-related suicide deaths reported to DAWN 6
Metro area population, 2007 1,030,363
Population covered by DAWN 544,788
Percent of population covered by DAWN 53%

Metro area overview: Deaths and population by county, 2007
Metro area component Drug-related Drug-related suicide Population
Deaths Rate Deaths Rate
* Area did not participate in DAWN this year.
Total participating (4) 142 26.1 6 1.1 544,788
1. Jefferson Parish, LA 120 28.3 5 1.2 423,520
2. Orleans Parish, LA*         239,124
3. Plaquemines Parish, LA 7 32.5 0 0.0 21,540
4. St. Bernard Parish, LA*         19,826
5. St. Charles Parish, LA 12 23.1 1 1.9 52,044
6. St. John the Baptist Parish, LA 3 6.3 0 0.0 47,684
7. St. Tammany Parish, LA*         226,625

Deaths by manner of death, 2007
Suicide 4.1%
Homicide 0.0%
Could not be determined 0.0%
Accidental 95.9%
Natural 0.0%

Place of death, 2007
Drug-related Deaths
Health care facility 12
Home 86
Public place --
Other 42
Not documented 0

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

Top 5 drugs involved: Drug-related deaths, 2007
Drug category Single-drug deaths Multi-drug deaths Total
Opiates/opioids 7 103 110
Cocaine 8 60 68
Benzodiazepines 0 66 66
Alcohol 0 36 36
Muscle relaxants 0 31 31

Top 5 drugs involved: Drug-related suicide deaths, 2007
Drug category Single-drug deaths Multi-drug deaths Total
Antidepressants 0 4 4

Death rates by gender and age: Drug-related, 2007
Gender Deaths per 100,000 population
Male 36.9
Female 15.9

Age Deaths per 100,000 population
Under 21 3.9
21 to 34 56.2
35 to 54 47.0
55 and over 5.9

Death rates by gender and age: Drug-related suicide, 2007
Gender Deaths per 100,000 population
Male 0.8
Female 1.4

Age Deaths per 100,000 population
Under 21 0.0
21 to 34 1.1
35 to 54 2.5
55 and over 0.7

Drug-related deaths by drug category, 2006-2007
Drug category Drug-related Drug-related suicide
Deaths, 2006 Deaths, 2007 Single-drug deaths, 2007 Deaths, 2006 Deaths, 2007 Single-drug deaths, 2007
* 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 153 135 15 -- 6 --
Alcohol* 35 35 0 -- -- --
Cocaine 79 66 8 -- 0 --
Marijuana 24 28 0 -- -- --
Stimulants 12 5 0 -- 0 --
Club drugs 5 0 0 -- 0 --
Hallucinogens†† 0 0 0 -- 0 --
Inhalants 0 -- 0 -- 0 --
Antidepressants 12 12 0 -- 4 --
Antipsychotics -- -- 0 -- -- --
Benzodiazepines 64 63 0 -- -- --
Misc. anxiolytics, sedatives, and hypnotics 27 16 0 -- 0 --
Opiates/opioids 107 104 7 -- -- --
– Heroin (specified) 6 10 0 -- 0 --
– Methadone 49 52 5 -- 0 --
– All other opiates/opioids 81 71 -- -- -- --
Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory agents -- 0 0 -- 0 --
Salicylates/combinations 0 0 0 -- 0 --
Misc. analgesics/combinations 17 20 0 -- -- --
Anticonvulsants -- -- 0 -- 0 --
Muscle relaxants 39 29 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, 2007 (08/2008 update).

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