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Birmingham-Hoover, AL


Drug-related deaths reported to DAWN 145
Drug-related suicide deaths reported to DAWN 8
Metro area population, 2009 1,131,070
Population covered by DAWN 665,027
Percent of population covered by DAWN 59%

Metro area overview: Deaths and population by county, 2009
County Drug-related Drug-related suicide Population
Deaths Rate Deaths Rate
Area did not participate in DAWN this year.
Total participating (1) 145 21.8 8 1.2 665,027
1. Bibb County, AL - - - - 21,587
2. Blount County, AL - - - - 58,345
3. Chilton County, AL - - - - 42,971
4. Jefferson County, AL 145 21.8 8 1.2 665,027
5. Shelby County, AL - - - - 192,503
6. St. Clair County, AL - - - - 81,895
7. Walker County, AL - - - - 68,742

Deaths by manner of death, 2009
Suicide 5.2%
Homicide 0.0%
Could not be determined 2.6%
Accidental 91.5%
Natural 0.7%

Top 5 drugs involved: Drug-related deaths, 2009
Drug category Single-drug deaths Multi-drug deaths Total
Opiates/opioids 23 77 100
Cocaine 16 30 46
Alcohol 2 32 34
Benzodiazepines 0 28 28
Antidepressants 0 15 15

Top 5 drugs involved: Drug-related suicide deaths, 2009
Drug category Single-drug deaths Multi-drug deaths Total
Opiates/opioids 0 6 6
Benzodiazepines 0 4 4

Death rates by gender and age: Drug-related, 2009
Gender Deaths per 100,000 population
Male 29.8
Female 14.6

Age Deaths per 100,000 population
Under 21 3.8
21 to 34 33.2
35 to 54 43.5
55 and over 9.0

Death rates by gender and age: Drug-related suicide, 2009
Gender Deaths per 100,000 population
Male *
Female 1.4

Age Deaths per 100,000 population
Under 21 0.0
21 to 34 0.0
35 to 54 2.8
55 and over *

Place of death, 2009
Drug-related Deaths
Health care facility 21
Home 95
Public place 8
Other 21
Not documented 0

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

Drug-related deaths by drug category, 2008-2009
Drug category Drug-related Drug-related suicide
Deaths, 2008 Deaths, 2009 Single-drug deaths, 2009 Deaths, 2008 Deaths, 2009 Single-drug deaths, 2009
NOTES: Alcohol row includes alcohol in combination with other drugs (all ages) and alcohol alone in decedents under age 21. Club drugs row includes MDMA (Ecstasy), GHB, flunitrazepam (Rohypnol), and ketamine. Hallucinogens row includes PCP, LSD, and miscellaneous hallucinogens.
ALL DRUGS 80 145 50 5 8 0
Alcohol 26 34 * * * -
Cocaine 30 46 16 0 * -
Marijuana 0 0 0 0 0 -
Stimulants * 11 * 0 0 -
Club drugs 0 * * 0 0 -
Hallucinogens 0 0 0 0 0 -
Inhalants 0 * * 0 0 -
Antidepressants 27 15 0 * * -
Antipsychotics 4 * * * 0 -
Benzodiazepines 29 28 0 * 4 -
Misc. anxiolytics, sedatives, and hypnotics 16 11 * * * -
Opiates/opioids 66 100 23 * 6 -
– Heroin (specified) 9 28 7 0 0 -
– Methadone 35 26 8 * * -
– All other opiates/opioids 48 59 8 * 5 -
Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory agents 0 0 0 0 0 -
Salicylates/combinations 0 0 0 0 0 -
Misc. analgesics/combinations 7 7 * * * -
Anticonvulsants 0 0 0 0 0 -
Muscle relaxants 8 9 0 0 * -

End Notes

1. Drug-related deaths exclude suicides.
2. All death rates are per 100,000 population.
3. An asterisk (*) signifies that a small number of deaths was suppressed to protect privacy.
4. A dash (-) represents a blank cell.
SOURCE: Center for Behavioral Health Statistics and Quality, SAMHSA, Drug Abuse Warning Network, 2009.

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