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St. Louis, MO-IL


Drug-related deaths reported to DAWN 290
Drug-related suicide deaths reported to DAWN 38
Metro area population, 2008 2,816,710
Population covered by DAWN 2,388,574
Percent of population covered by DAWN 85%

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 (9) 290 12.1 38 1.6 2,388,574
1. Bond County, IL*         18,253
2. Calhoun County, IL*         5,101
3. Clinton County, IL 2 5.4 0 0.0 36,711
4. Jersey County, IL 3 13.3 0 0.0 22,622
5. Macoupin County, IL*         48,138
6. Madison County, IL*         268,078
7. Monroe County, IL*         32,804
8. St. Clair County, IL 21 8.0 0 0.0 262,291
9. Franklin County, MO 20 19.8 1 1.0 100,898
10. Jefferson County, MO 21 9.6 4 1.8 217,679
11. Lincoln County, MO 2 3.8 0 0.0 52,775
12. St. Charles County, MO 36 10.3 6 1.7 349,407
13. St. Louis City, MO 77 21.7 8 2.3 354,361
14. St. Louis County, MO 108 10.9 19 1.9 991,830
15. Warren County, MO*         31,214
16. Washington County, MO*         24,548

Deaths by manner of death, 2008
Suicide 11.6%
Homicide 0.0%
Could not be determined 6.1%
Accidental 81.4%
Natural 0.9%

Place of death, 2008
Drug-related Deaths
Health care facility 108
Home 134
Public place 10
Other 38
Not documented 0

Drug-related suicide Deaths
Health care facility 9
Home 24
Public place --
Other 4
Not documented 0

Top 5 drugs involved: Drug-related deaths, 2008
Drug category Single-drug deaths Multi-drug deaths Total
Opiates/opioids 93 133 226
Alcohol 2 78 80
Cocaine 31 33 64
Antidepressants 2 30 32
Benzodiazepines 0 30 30

Top 5 drugs involved: Drug-related suicide deaths, 2008
Drug category Single-drug deaths Multi-drug deaths Total
Opiates/opioids 6 11 17
Antidepressants 1 10 11
Alcohol 1 9 10
Misc. analgesics/combinations 3 5 8
Antipsychotics 1 4 5

Death rates by gender and age: Drug-related, 2008
Gender Deaths per 100,000 population
Male 17.4
Female 7.2

Age Deaths per 100,000 population
Under 21 2.1
21 to 34 23.8
35 to 54 20.6
55 and over 5.2

Death rates by gender and age: Drug-related suicide, 2008
Gender Deaths per 100,000 population
Male 1.6
Female 1.6

Age Deaths per 100,000 population
Under 21 0.3
21 to 34 1.0
35 to 54 3.4
55 and over 1.4

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 265 290 138 44 38 13
Alcohol* 73 80 -- 10 10 --
Cocaine 96 64 31 -- -- 0
Marijuana -- 4 -- 0 0 0
Stimulants 8 6 -- -- 0 0
Club drugs -- -- 0 -- 0 0
Hallucinogens†† -- -- 0 0 0 0
Inhalants -- -- 0 -- 0 0
Antidepressants 21 32 -- 18 11 --
Antipsychotics 8 4 -- 5 5 --
Benzodiazepines 24 30 0 11 4 --
Misc. anxiolytics, sedatives, and hypnotics 8 5 0 4 -- 0
Opiates/opioids 153 226 93 9 17 6
– Heroin (specified) 67 118 56 -- -- --
– Methadone 18 33 10 -- -- --
– All other opiates/opioids 81 102 27 6 14 4
Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory agents 0 0 0 0 0 0
Salicylates/combinations 0 -- -- -- -- 0
Misc. analgesics/combinations 4 12 -- 9 8 --
Anticonvulsants -- 0 0 0 0 0
Muscle relaxants -- 6 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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