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Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA

Drug-related deaths reported to DAWN 569
Drug-related suicide deaths reported to DAWN 71
Metro area population, 2008 3,344,813
Population covered by DAWN 3,344,813
Percent of population covered by DAWN 100%

Metro area overview: Deaths and population by county, 2008
Counties Drug-related Drug-related suicide Population
Deaths Rate Deaths Rate
Total participating (3) 569 17.0 71 2.1 3,344,813
1. King County, WA 305 16.3 38 2.0 1,875,519
2. Pierce County, WA 150 19.1 23 2.9 785,639
3. Snohomish County, WA 114 16.7 10 1.5 683,655

Deaths by manner of death, 2008
Suicide 11.1%
Homicide 0.0%
Could not be determined 2.5%
Accidental 84.7%
Natural 1.7%

Place of death, 2008
Drug-related Deaths
Health care facility 163
Home 312
Public place 44
Other 49
Not documented --

Drug-related suicide Deaths
Health care facility 14
Home 44
Public place 6
Other 7
Not documented 0

Top 5 drugs involved: Drug-related deaths, 2008
Drug category Single-drug deaths Multi-drug deaths Total
Opiates/opioids 49 340 389
Antidepressants 2 139 141
Alcohol 1 133 134
Cocaine 26 96 122
Benzodiazepines 0 116 116

Top 5 drugs involved: Drug-related suicide deaths, 2008
Drug category Single-drug deaths Multi-drug deaths Total
Antidepressants 1 32 33
Opiates/opioids 2 31 33
Benzodiazepines 1 25 26
Alcohol 0 24 24
Misc. anxiolytics, sedatives, and hypnotics 0 20 20

Death rates by gender and age: Drug-related, 2008
Gender Deaths per 100,000 population
Male 20.6
Female 13.4

Age Deaths per 100,000 population
Under 21 1.9
21 to 34 14.2
35 to 54 28.7
55 and over 20.9

Death rates by gender and age: Drug-related suicide, 2008
Gender Deaths per 100,000 population
Male 2.6
Female 1.7

Age Deaths per 100,000 population
Under 21 0.2
21 to 34 1.9
35 to 54 3.7
55 and over 2.4

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 494 569 169 77 71 10
Alcohol* 115 134 -- 27 24 0
Cocaine 137 122 26 8 -- 0
Marijuana 24 22 0 5 -- 0
Stimulants 59 47 18 5 4 0
Club drugs -- -- -- -- 0 0
Hallucinogens†† -- -- -- -- 0 0
Inhalants -- -- -- -- 4 --
Antidepressants 133 141 -- 31 33 --
Antipsychotics 21 24 4 7 9 0
Benzodiazepines 78 116 0 24 26 --
Misc. anxiolytics, sedatives, and hypnotics 55 72 0 24 20 0
Opiates/opioids 330 389 49 32 33 --
– Heroin (specified) 71 68 11 -- 5 --
– Methadone 143 174 26 4 -- 0
– All other opiates/opioids 177 219 12 30 28 0
Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory agents -- -- 0 -- -- 0
Salicylates/combinations 4 12 5 4 -- 0
Misc. analgesics/combinations 33 22 -- 20 18 --
Anticonvulsants 31 24 0 10 5 0
Muscle relaxants 30 30 0 8 5 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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