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Phoenix-Mesa-Glendale, AZ


Drug-related deaths reported to DAWN 733
Drug-related suicide deaths reported to DAWN 119
Metro area population, 2009 4,364,094
Population covered by DAWN 4,023,132
Percent of population covered by DAWN 92%

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) 733 18.2 119 3.0 4,023,132
1. Maricopa County, AZ 733 18.2 119 3.0 4,023,132
2. Pinal County, AZ - - - - 340,962

Deaths by manner of death, 2009
Suicide 14.0%
Homicide 0.1%
Could not be determined 8.3%
Accidental 71.2%
Natural 6.3%

Top 5 drugs involved: Drug-related deaths, 2009
Drug category Single-drug deaths Multi-drug deaths Total
Opiates/opioids 88 379 467
Alcohol 3 239 242
Benzodiazepines 1 174 175
Stimulants 66 98 164
Antidepressants 9 116 125

Top 5 drugs involved: Drug-related suicide deaths, 2009
Drug category Single-drug deaths Multi-drug deaths Total
Opiates/opioids 6 41 47
Alcohol 0 43 43
Antidepressants 3 40 43
Benzodiazepines 3 33 36
Misc. anxiolytics, sedatives, and hypnotics 0 27 27

Death rates by gender and age: Drug-related, 2009
Gender Deaths per 100,000 population
Male 23.8
Female 12.5

Age Deaths per 100,000 population
Under 21 3.4
21 to 34 18.2
35 to 54 36.3
55 and over 16.6

Death rates by gender and age: Drug-related suicide, 2009
Gender Deaths per 100,000 population
Male 3.3
Female 2.7

Age Deaths per 100,000 population
Under 21 0.4
21 to 34 1.9
35 to 54 5.9
55 and over 4.0

Place of death, 2009
Drug-related Deaths
Health care facility 274
Home 350
Public place 45
Other 64
Not documented 0

Drug-related suicide Deaths
Health care facility 24
Home 82
Public place 5
Other 8
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 670 733 226 122 119 31
Alcohol 195 242 * 43 43 0
Cocaine 155 112 20 7 6 *
Marijuana 7 4 0 0 0 0
Stimulants 134 164 66 9 15 5
Club drugs * 8 * 0 * 0
Hallucinogens 0 * 0 0 * 0
Inhalants 7 6 * 4 8 6
Antidepressants 111 125 9 43 43 *
Antipsychotics 30 26 * 18 11 0
Benzodiazepines 141 175 * 28 36 *
Misc. anxiolytics, sedatives, and hypnotics 77 91 * 21 27 0
Opiates/opioids 440 467 88 60 47 6
– Heroin (specified) 59 70 13 * * 0
– Methadone 97 108 19 4 6 0
– All other opiates/opioids 310 346 56 59 42 6
Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory agents * 0 0 0 0 0
Salicylates/combinations * 0 0 0 * *
Misc. analgesics/combinations 19 26 5 14 10 *
Anticonvulsants 6 10 0 5 4 0
Muscle relaxants 38 52 * 15 13 *

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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