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Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, OR-WA


Drug-related deaths reported to DAWN 233
Drug-related suicide deaths reported to DAWN 37
Metro area population, 2009 2,241,841
Population covered by DAWN 1,798,945
Percent of population covered by DAWN 80%

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 (5) 233 13.0 37 2.1 1,798,945
1. Clackamas County, OR 41 10.6 6 1.6 386,143
2. Columbia County, OR 6 12.1 1 2.0 49,592
3. Multnomah County, OR 145 19.9 21 2.9 726,855
4. Washington County, OR 38 7.1 7 1.3 537,318
5. Yamhill County, OR 3 3.0 2 2.0 99,037
6. Clark County, WA - - - - 432,002
7. Skamania County, WA - - - - 10,894

Deaths by manner of death, 2009
Suicide 13.7%
Homicide 0.0%
Could not be determined 10.4%
Accidental 72.2%
Natural 3.7%

Top 5 drugs involved: Drug-related deaths, 2009
Drug category Single-drug deaths Multi-drug deaths Total
Opiates/opioids 81 114 195
Alcohol 5 78 83
Stimulants 5 23 28
Benzodiazepines 3 23 26
Cocaine 2 22 24

Top 5 drugs involved: Drug-related suicide deaths, 2009
Drug category Single-drug deaths Multi-drug deaths Total
Opiates/opioids 2 17 19
Alcohol 0 17 17
Benzodiazepines 1 14 15
Antidepressants 0 11 11
Marijuana 0 5 5

Death rates by gender and age: Drug-related, 2009
Gender Deaths per 100,000 population
Male 16.8
Female 9.2

Age Deaths per 100,000 population
Under 21 3.1
21 to 34 14.3
35 to 54 23.3
55 and over 9.8

Death rates by gender and age: Drug-related suicide, 2009
Gender Deaths per 100,000 population
Male 2.1
Female 2.0

Age Deaths per 100,000 population
Under 21 *
21 to 34 1.6
35 to 54 4.2
55 and over 1.7

Place of death, 2009
Drug-related Deaths
Health care facility 37
Home 129
Public place 10
Other 57
Not documented 0

Drug-related suicide Deaths
Health care facility 5
Home 27
Public place *
Other *
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 242 233 102 58 37 7
Alcohol 98 83 5 32 17 0
Cocaine 54 24 * 0 * 0
Marijuana 57 5 0 7 5 0
Stimulants 41 28 5 * 0 0
Club drugs * * 0 0 * 0
Hallucinogens 0 0 0 0 * 0
Inhalants * * * * * *
Antidepressants 94 17 0 26 11 0
Antipsychotics 16 10 * 11 * *
Benzodiazepines 85 26 * 24 15 *
Misc. anxiolytics, sedatives, and hypnotics 21 6 * 16 5 0
Opiates/opioids 197 195 81 23 19 *
– Heroin (specified) 100 102 45 * 0 0
– Methadone 59 54 22 6 5 0
– All other opiates/opioids 75 59 14 18 15 *
Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory agents 0 0 0 * 0 0
Salicylates/combinations 0 0 0 0 0 0
Misc. analgesics/combinations 8 8 * 10 * 0
Anticonvulsants 6 4 * 6 0 0
Muscle relaxants 11 6 0 7 * 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.