Go to the Table Of Contents

Delaware


Drug-related deaths reported to DAWN 124
Drug-related suicide deaths reported to DAWN 27
State population, 2009 885,122
Population covered by DAWN 885,122
Percent of population covered by DAWN 100%

State overview: Deaths and population by county, 2009
County Drug-related Drug-related suicide Population
Deaths Rate Deaths Rate
Total participating (3) 124 14.0 27 3.1 885,122
1. Kent County 14 8.9 6 3.8 157,741
2. New Castle County 71 13.3 17 3.2 534,634
3. Sussex County 39 20.2 4 2.1 192,747

Deaths by manner of death, 2009
Suicide 17.9%
Homicide 0.0%
Could not be determined 7.3%
Accidental 64.9%
Natural 9.9%

Top 5 drugs involved: Drug-related deaths, 2009
Drug category Single-drug deaths Multi-drug deaths Total
Opiates/opioids 12 68 80
Cocaine 7 37 44
Antidepressants 2 37 39
Alcohol 0 36 36
Benzodiazepines 0 33 33

Top 5 drugs involved: Drug-related suicide deaths, 2009
Drug category Single-drug deaths Multi-drug deaths Total
Opiates/opioids 1 13 14
Alcohol 0 13 13
Antidepressants 0 10 10
Benzodiazepines 3 7 10
Antipsychotics 1 3 4

Death rates by gender and age: Drug-related, 2009
Gender Deaths per 100,000 population
Male 17.5
Female 10.8

Age Deaths per 100,000 population
Under 21 3.7
21 to 34 21.3
35 to 54 27.9
55 and over 5.2

Death rates by gender and age: Drug-related suicide, 2009
Gender Deaths per 100,000 population
Male 2.8
Female 3.3

Age Deaths per 100,000 population
Under 21 0.0
21 to 34 *
35 to 54 7.3
55 and over 3.0

Place of death, 2009
Drug-related Deaths
Health care facility 33
Home 67
Public place *
Other 21
Not documented *

Drug-related suicide Deaths
Health care facility 5
Home 19
Public place 0
Other *
Not documented *

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 - 124 21 - 27 5
Alcohol - 36 0 - 13 0
Cocaine - 44 7 - * 0
Marijuana - 12 0 - * 0
Stimulants - * 0 - 0 0
Club drugs - * 0 - 0 0
Hallucinogens - 0 0 - 0 0
Inhalants - 0 0 - 0 0
Antidepressants - 39 * - 10 0
Antipsychotics - 5 0 - 4 *
Benzodiazepines - 33 0 - 10 *
Misc. anxiolytics, sedatives, and hypnotics - 9 0 - * 0
Opiates/opioids - 80 12 - 14 *
– Heroin (specified) - 9 * - 0 0
– Methadone - 21 * - 0 0
– All other opiates/opioids - 60 8 - 14 *
Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory agents - * 0 - * 0
Salicylates/combinations - 0 0 - 0 0
Misc. analgesics/combinations - 4 0 - * 0
Anticonvulsants - 4 0 - 0 0
Muscle relaxants - 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.

Go to Top of Page Go to the Table Of Contents