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Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington, PA-NJ-DE-MD: Delaware County, PA


Drug-related deaths reported to DAWN 102
Drug-related suicide deaths reported to DAWN 24
Population 558,028
Drug-related deaths per 100,000 population 18.3
Drug-related suicide deaths per 100,000 population 4.3

Deaths by manner of death, 2009
Suicide 19.0%
Homicide 0.0%
Could not be determined 14.3%
Accidental 66.7%
Natural 0.0%

Top 5 drugs involved: Drug-related deaths, 2009
Drug category Single-drug deaths Multi-drug deaths Total
Opiates/opioids 2 85 87
Benzodiazepines 0 43 43
Alcohol 0 34 34
Antidepressants 0 30 30
Cocaine 1 28 29

Death rates by gender and age: Drug-related, 2009
Gender Deaths per 100,000 population
Male 27.2
Female 10.0

Age Deaths per 100,000 population
Under 21 *
21 to 34 27.4
35 to 54 34.9
55 and over 12.5

Place of death, 2009
Drug-related Deaths
Health care facility 32
Home 59
Public place 4
Other 7
Not documented 0

Drug-related suicide Deaths
Health care facility 5
Home 16
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 107 102 4 13 24 *
Alcohol 36 34 0 8 7 *
Cocaine 46 29 * * 0 *
Marijuana 5 5 0 0 * *
Stimulants * * 0 0 * *
Club drugs * 0 0 0 0 *
Hallucinogens 4 4 0 0 0 *
Inhalants 0 0 0 0 0 *
Antidepressants 29 30 0 8 13 *
Antipsychotics 10 9 0 * 4 *
Benzodiazepines 51 43 0 6 13 *
Misc. anxiolytics, sedatives, and hypnotics 15 22 0 * 6 *
Opiates/opioids 82 87 * 5 16 *
– Heroin (specified) 19 37 * 0 * *
– Methadone 12 11 0 0 * *
– All other opiates/opioids 59 60 * 5 14 *
Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory agents 4 * 0 0 * *
Salicylates/combinations 0 0 0 0 * *
Misc. analgesics/combinations 11 9 0 4 6 *
Anticonvulsants 10 10 0 * * *
Muscle relaxants 9 5 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.
SOURCE: Center for Behavioral Health Statistics and Quality, SAMHSA, Drug Abuse Warning Network, 2009.