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Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington, PA-NJ-DE-MD


Drug-related deaths reported to DAWN 751
Drug-related suicide deaths reported to DAWN 104
Metro area population, 2009 5,968,252
Population covered by DAWN 4,149,109
Percent of population covered by DAWN 70%

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 (6) 751 18.1 104 2.5 4,149,109
1. New Castle County, DE 71 13.3 17 3.2 534,634
2. Cecil County, MD 20 19.8 1 1.0 100,796
3. Burlington County, NJ - - - - 446,108
4. Camden County, NJ - - - - 517,879
5. Gloucester County, NJ - - - - 289,920
6. Salem County, NJ - - - - 66,342
7. Bucks County, PA 61 9.7 7 1.1 626,015
8. Chester County, PA - - - - 498,894
9. Delaware County, PA 102 18.3 24 4.3 558,028
10. Montgomery County, PA 85 10.9 27 3.5 782,339
11. Philadelphia County, PA 412 26.6 28 1.8 1,547,297

Deaths by manner of death, 2009
Suicide 12.2%
Homicide 0.1%
Could not be determined 6.1%
Accidental 80.1%
Natural 1.5%

Top 5 drugs involved: Drug-related deaths, 2009
Drug category Single-drug deaths Multi-drug deaths Total
Opiates/opioids 35 503 538
Cocaine 76 259 335
Benzodiazepines 1 309 310
Alcohol 0 182 182
Antidepressants 2 156 158

Top 5 drugs involved: Drug-related suicide deaths, 2009
Drug category Single-drug deaths Multi-drug deaths Total
Opiates/opioids 5 51 56
Benzodiazepines 2 47 49
Antidepressants 1 42 43
Alcohol 0 29 29
Misc. anxiolytics, sedatives, and hypnotics 2 20 22

Death rates by gender and age: Drug-related, 2009
Gender Deaths per 100,000 population
Male 26.0
Female 10.8

Age Deaths per 100,000 population
Under 21 2.0
21 to 34 26.4
35 to 54 34.0
55 and over 11.4

Death rates by gender and age: Drug-related suicide, 2009
Gender Deaths per 100,000 population
Male 3.1
Female 2.0

Age Deaths per 100,000 population
Under 21 0.3
21 to 34 1.8
35 to 54 4.2
55 and over 3.5

Place of death, 2009
Drug-related Deaths
Health care facility 229
Home 410
Public place 26
Other 79
Not documented 7

Drug-related suicide Deaths
Health care facility 22
Home 73
Public place *
Other 7
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 - 751 130 - 104 17
Alcohol - 182 0 - 29 0
Cocaine - 335 76 - 5 0
Marijuana - 12 0 - * 0
Stimulants - 18 0 - * 0
Club drugs - * 0 - 0 0
Hallucinogens - 30 * - * 0
Inhalants - * 0 - 4 *
Antidepressants - 158 * - 43 *
Antipsychotics - 23 * - 15 *
Benzodiazepines - 310 * - 49 *
Misc. anxiolytics, sedatives, and hypnotics - 82 0 - 22 *
Opiates/opioids - 538 35 - 56 5
– Heroin (specified) - 152 8 - * *
– Methadone - 105 5 - 4 0
– All other opiates/opioids - 427 22 - 52 4
Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory agents - * 0 - 4 0
Salicylates/combinations - * 0 - * 0
Misc. analgesics/combinations - 45 6 - 12 *
Anticonvulsants - 30 0 - 5 0
Muscle relaxants - 32 * - 8 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.