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Kansas City, MO-KS


Drug-related deaths reported to DAWN 132
Drug-related suicide deaths reported to DAWN 26
Metro area population, 2008 2,002,047
Population covered by DAWN 1,068,449
Percent of population covered by DAWN 53%

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 (4) 132 12.4 26 2.4 1,068,449
1. Franklin County, KS*         26,562
2. Johnson County, KS*         534,093
3. Leavenworth County, KS*         74,276
4. Linn County, KS*         9,616
5. Miami County, KS*         30,989
6. Wyandotte County, KS*         154,287
7. Bates County, MO*         17,075
8. Caldwell County, MO*         9,248
9. Cass County, MO 13 13.2 4 4.1 98,429
10. Clay County, MO 21 9.7 3 1.4 215,707
11. Clinton County, MO*         21,094
12. Jackson County, MO 89 13.3 19 2.8 668,417
13. Lafayette County, MO*         32,913
14. Platte County, MO 9 10.5 0 0.0 85,896
15. Ray County, MO*         23,445

Deaths by manner of death, 2008
Suicide 16.5%
Homicide 0.0%
Could not be determined 1.9%
Accidental 81.0%
Natural 0.6%

Place of death, 2008
Drug-related Deaths
Health care facility 35
Home 79
Public place 0
Other 18
Not documented 0

Drug-related suicide Deaths
Health care facility 7
Home 12
Public place 0
Other 7
Not documented 0

Top 5 drugs involved: Drug-related deaths, 2008
Drug category Single-drug deaths Multi-drug deaths Total
Opiates/opioids 9 85 94
Alcohol 4 43 47
Cocaine 6 32 38
Benzodiazepines 0 38 38
Marijuana 0 20 20

Top 5 drugs involved: Drug-related suicide deaths, 2008
Drug category Single-drug deaths Multi-drug deaths Total
Benzodiazepines 0 11 11
Alcohol 1 9 10
Opiates/opioids 1 8 9
Antidepressants 0 5 5
Antipsychotics 0 4 4

Death rates by gender and age: Drug-related, 2008
Gender Deaths per 100,000 population
Male 17.3
Female 7.7

Age Deaths per 100,000 population
Under 21 4.2
21 to 34 11.9
35 to 54 24.0
55 and over 8.1

Death rates by gender and age: Drug-related suicide, 2008
Gender Deaths per 100,000 population
Male 2.1
Female 2.7

Age Deaths per 100,000 population
Under 21 1.0
21 to 34 4.1
35 to 54 3.2
55 and over 2.0

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 112 132 23 23 26 6
Alcohol* 34 47 4 6 10 --
Cocaine 32 38 6 -- -- --
Marijuana 19 20 0 4 0 0
Stimulants 8 6 -- -- -- 0
Club drugs 0 -- 0 0 0 0
Hallucinogens†† -- -- 0 0 0 0
Inhalants 0 -- -- 0 -- 0
Antidepressants 19 17 0 5 5 0
Antipsychotics 0 4 0 -- 4 0
Benzodiazepines 29 38 0 10 11 0
Misc. anxiolytics, sedatives, and hypnotics -- 4 0 -- -- 0
Opiates/opioids 66 94 9 8 9 --
– Heroin (specified) -- -- -- 0 0 0
– Methadone 23 26 4 -- 4 0
– All other opiates/opioids 43 68 4 7 7 --
Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory agents -- 0 0 -- -- 0
Salicylates/combinations 0 0 0 0 0 0
Misc. analgesics/combinations 6 6 0 -- 4 --
Anticonvulsants -- 9 0 -- -- 0
Muscle relaxants 5 9 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, 2008 (08/2009 update).

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