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San Diego-Carlsbad-San Marcos, CA


Drug-related deaths reported to DAWN 376
Drug-related suicide deaths reported to DAWN 103
Metro area population, 2009 3,053,793
Population covered by DAWN 3,053,793
Percent of population covered by DAWN 100%

Metro area overview: Deaths and population by county, 2009
County Drug-related Drug-related suicide Population
Deaths Rate Deaths Rate
Total participating (1) 376 12.3 103 3.4 3,053,793
1. San Diego County, CA 376 12.3 103 3.4 3,053,793

Deaths by manner of death, 2009
Suicide 21.5%
Homicide 0.0%
Could not be determined 0.2%
Accidental 78.3%
Natural 0.0%

Top 5 drugs involved: Drug-related deaths, 2009
Drug category Single-drug deaths Multi-drug deaths Total
Opiates/opioids 52 195 247
Benzodiazepines 0 111 111
Stimulants 50 38 88
Alcohol 2 82 84
Antidepressants 3 69 72

Top 5 drugs involved: Drug-related suicide deaths, 2009
Drug category Single-drug deaths Multi-drug deaths Total
Opiates/opioids 2 33 35
Benzodiazepines 1 31 32
Misc. anxiolytics, sedatives, and hypnotics 6 24 30
Antidepressants 6 18 24
Alcohol 0 18 18

Death rates by gender and age: Drug-related, 2009
Gender Deaths per 100,000 population
Male 16.5
Female 8.1

Age Deaths per 100,000 population
Under 21 0.8
21 to 34 9.0
35 to 54 25.6
55 and over 14.0

Death rates by gender and age: Drug-related suicide, 2009
Gender Deaths per 100,000 population
Male 3.3
Female 3.5

Age Deaths per 100,000 population
Under 21 *
21 to 34 2.6
35 to 54 5.9
55 and over 5.1

Place of death, 2009
Drug-related Deaths
Health care facility 73
Home 231
Public place 21
Other 51
Not documented 0

Drug-related suicide Deaths
Health care facility 14
Home 69
Public place *
Other 17
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 380 376 137 84 103 41
Alcohol 66 84 * 17 18 0
Cocaine 49 22 9 * * 0
Marijuana * 0 0 0 0 0
Stimulants 87 88 50 * 6 *
Club drugs * * * 0 0 0
Hallucinogens 0 * * 0 0 0
Inhalants * 5 4 6 10 9
Antidepressants 72 72 * 27 24 6
Antipsychotics 24 23 * 12 17 *
Benzodiazepines 106 111 0 26 32 *
Misc. anxiolytics, sedatives, and hypnotics 36 43 0 27 30 6
Opiates/opioids 245 247 52 35 35 *
– Heroin (specified) 49 50 15 * * *
– Methadone 52 42 5 4 0 0
– All other opiates/opioids 163 177 32 33 33 *
Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory agents * 0 0 * 0 0
Salicylates/combinations 0 0 0 * * *
Misc. analgesics/combinations 15 17 5 13 18 0
Anticonvulsants 14 14 0 5 10 *
Muscle relaxants 14 22 * 10 10 5

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.
SOURCE: Center for Behavioral Health Statistics and Quality, SAMHSA, Drug Abuse Warning Network, 2009.

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