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Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, AZ


Drug-related deaths reported to DAWN 670
Drug-related suicide deaths reported to DAWN 122
Metro area population, 2008 4,281,899
Population covered by DAWN 3,954,598
Percent of population covered by DAWN 92%

Metro area overview: Deaths and population by county, 2008
Counties Drug-related Drug-related suicide Population
Deaths Rate Deaths Rate
* Area did not participate in DAWN this year.
Total participating (1) 670 16.9 122 3.1 3,954,598
1. Maricopa County, AZ 670 16.9 122 3.1 3,954,598
2. Pinal County, AZ*         327,301

Deaths by manner of death, 2008
Suicide 15.4%
Homicide 0.0%
Could not be determined 5.9%
Accidental 72.7%
Natural 5.9%

Place of death, 2008
Drug-related Deaths
Health care facility 240
Home 328
Public place 32
Other 68
Not documented --

Drug-related suicide Deaths
Health care facility 28
Home 79
Public place 5
Other 10
Not documented 0

Top 5 drugs involved: Drug-related deaths, 2008
Drug category Single-drug deaths Multi-drug deaths Total
Opiates/opioids 105 335 440
Alcohol 0 195 195
Cocaine 34 121 155
Benzodiazepines 2 139 141
Stimulants 53 81 134

Top 5 drugs involved: Drug-related suicide deaths, 2008
Drug category Single-drug deaths Multi-drug deaths Total
Opiates/opioids 11 49 60
Alcohol 1 42 43
Antidepressants 4 39 43
Benzodiazepines 0 28 28
Misc. anxiolytics, sedatives, and hypnotics 1 20 21

Death rates by gender and age: Drug-related, 2008
Gender Deaths per 100,000 population
Male 21.9
Female 11.9

Age Deaths per 100,000 population
Under 21 1.9
21 to 34 17.1
35 to 54 35.0
55 and over 15.5

Death rates by gender and age: Drug-related suicide, 2008
Gender Deaths per 100,000 population
Male 3.1
Female 3.1

Age Deaths per 100,000 population
Under 21 0.2
21 to 34 2.3
35 to 54 5.6
55 and over 4.9

Drug-related deaths by drug category, 2007-2008
Drug category Drug-related Drug-related suicide
Deaths, 2007 Deaths, 2008 Single-drug deaths, 2008 Deaths, 2007 Deaths, 2008 Single-drug deaths, 2008
* 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 668 670 234 173 122 35
Alcohol* 242 195 0 78 43 --
Cocaine 181 155 34 27 7 0
Marijuana -- 7 -- -- 0 0
Stimulants 178 134 53 27 9 4
Club drugs 6 -- 0 -- 0 0
Hallucinogens†† 7 0 0 -- 0 0
Inhalants 6 7 4 7 4 4
Antidepressants 84 111 7 43 43 4
Antipsychotics 27 30 5 17 18 --
Benzodiazepines 66 141 -- 29 28 0
Misc. anxiolytics, sedatives, and hypnotics 38 77 -- 25 21 --
Opiates/opioids 376 440 105 62 60 11
– Heroin (specified) 75 59 15 -- -- 0
– Methadone 75 97 23 7 4 0
– All other opiates/opioids 263 310 67 57 59 11
Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory agents -- -- -- -- 0 0
Salicylates/combinations 0 -- 0 -- 0 0
Misc. analgesics/combinations 15 19 -- 15 14 5
Anticonvulsants -- 6 0 4 5 --
Muscle relaxants 20 38 0 10 15 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, 2008 (08/2009 update).

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