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Portland-Vancouver-Beaverton, OR-WA: Multnomah County, OR

Drug-related deaths reported to DAWN 180
Drug-related suicide deaths reported to DAWN 32
Population 714,567
Drug-related deaths per 100,000 population 25.2
Drug-related suicide deaths per 100,000 population 4.5

Deaths by manner of death, 2008
Suicide 15.1%
Homicide 0.0%
Could not be determined 8.5%
Accidental 71.2%
Natural 5.2%

Place of death, 2008
Drug-related Deaths
Health care facility 36
Home 84
Public place 5
Other 55
Not documented 0

Drug-related suicide Deaths
Health care facility 8
Home 18
Public place --
Other 5
Not documented 0

Top 5 drugs involved: Drug-related deaths, 2008
Drug category Single-drug deaths Multi-drug deaths Total
Opiates/opioids 14 137 151
Alcohol 1 76 77
Antidepressants 0 67 67
Benzodiazepines 0 66 66
Cocaine 2 44 46

Death rates by gender and age: Drug-related, 2008
Gender Deaths per 100,000 population
Male 34.9
Female 15.6

Age Deaths per 100,000 population
Under 21 3.2
21 to 34 31.6
35 to 54 46.2
55 and over 15.5

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 161 180 18 23 32 4
Alcohol* 61 77 -- 8 17 0
Cocaine 48 46 -- -- 0 0
Marijuana 20 45 0 -- -- 0
Stimulants 19 28 0 -- -- 0
Club drugs -- -- 0 -- 0 0
Hallucinogens†† 0 0 0 0 0 0
Inhalants 0 0 0 -- -- 0
Antidepressants 42 67 0 10 11 --
Antipsychotics 0 12 0 -- 8 0
Benzodiazepines 34 66 0 6 12 0
Misc. anxiolytics, sedatives, and hypnotics 12 16 0 -- 10 0
Opiates/opioids 130 151 14 11 12 0
– Heroin (specified) 67 88 12 -- -- 0
– Methadone 40 43 -- -- 4 0
– All other opiates/opioids 54 51 -- 9 9 0
Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory agents -- 0 0 0 0 0
Salicylates/combinations 0 0 0 0 0 0
Misc. analgesics/combinations 5 7 0 -- 4 --
Anticonvulsants 5 6 0 0 5 --
Muscle relaxants 4 7 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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