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Denver-Aurora-Broomfield, CO


Drug-related deaths reported to DAWN 370
Drug-related suicide deaths reported to DAWN 73
Metro area population, 2008 2,506,626
Population covered by DAWN 2,492,565
Percent of population covered by DAWN 99%

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 (8) 370 14.8 73 2.9 2,492,565
1. Adams County, CO 54 12.5 12 2.8 430,836
2. Arapahoe County, CO 76 13.7 16 2.9 554,282
3. Broomfield County, CO 7 12.8 0 0.0 54,858
4. Clear Creek County, CO*         8,908
5. Denver County, CO 180 30.1 25 4.2 598,707
6. Douglas County, CO 4 1.4 4 1.4 280,621
7. Elbert County, CO 0 0.0 1 4.4 22,929
8. Gilpin County, CO*         5,153
9. Jefferson County, CO 48 9.0 13 2.4 533,339
10. Park County, CO 1 5.9 2 11.8 16,993

Deaths by manner of death, 2008
Suicide 16.5%
Homicide 0.2%
Could not be determined 7.4%
Accidental 74.5%
Natural 1.4%

Place of death, 2008
Drug-related Deaths
Health care facility 94
Home 206
Public place 12
Other 57
Not documented --

Drug-related suicide Deaths
Health care facility 17
Home 42
Public place 5
Other 9
Not documented 0

Top 5 drugs involved: Drug-related deaths, 2008
Drug category Single-drug deaths Multi-drug deaths Total
Opiates/opioids 35 221 256
Alcohol 0 132 132
Cocaine 28 89 117
Antidepressants 9 67 76
Benzodiazepines 0 74 74

Top 5 drugs involved: Drug-related suicide deaths, 2008
Drug category Single-drug deaths Multi-drug deaths Total
Opiates/opioids 5 27 32
Alcohol 0 30 30
Misc. anxiolytics, sedatives, and hypnotics 4 25 29
Antidepressants 1 21 22
Benzodiazepines 1 13 14

Death rates by gender and age: Drug-related, 2008
Gender Deaths per 100,000 population
Male 18.1
Female 11.4

Age Deaths per 100,000 population
Under 21 1.4
21 to 34 17.6
35 to 54 27.0
55 and over 12.8

Death rates by gender and age: Drug-related suicide, 2008
Gender Deaths per 100,000 population
Male 2.4
Female 3.5

Age Deaths per 100,000 population
Under 21 0.3
21 to 34 2.8
35 to 54 5.1
55 and over 3.5

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   370 85   73 16
Alcohol*   132 0   30 0
Cocaine   117 28   4 0
Marijuana   23 0   -- 0
Stimulants   26 --   -- 0
Club drugs   4 --   0 0
Hallucinogens††   -- 0   0 0
Inhalants   -- 0   -- 0
Antidepressants   76 9   22 --
Antipsychotics   8 --   7 0
Benzodiazepines   74 0   14 --
Misc. anxiolytics, sedatives, and hypnotics   38 --   29 4
Opiates/opioids   256 35   32 5
– Heroin (specified)   36 6   -- 0
– Methadone   35 --   4 --
– All other opiates/opioids   211 26   29 4
Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory agents   0 0   -- 0
Salicylates/combinations   -- 0   -- --
Misc. analgesics/combinations   19 --   11 --
Anticonvulsants   8 0   5 0
Muscle relaxants   27 --   7 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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