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Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington, PA-NJ-DE-MD: New Castle County, DE


Drug-related deaths reported to DAWN 71
Drug-related suicide deaths reported to DAWN 17
Population 534,634
Drug-related deaths per 100,000 population 13.3
Drug-related suicide deaths per 100,000 population 3.2

Deaths by manner of death, 2009
Suicide 19.3%
Homicide 0.0%
Could not be determined 5.7%
Accidental 62.5%
Natural 12.5%

Top 5 drugs involved: Drug-related deaths, 2009
Drug category Single-drug deaths Multi-drug deaths Total
Opiates/opioids 8 37 45
Cocaine 7 19 26
Alcohol 0 23 23
Antidepressants 2 19 21
Benzodiazepines 0 14 14

Death rates by gender and age: Drug-related, 2009
Gender Deaths per 100,000 population
Male 16.6
Female 10.2

Age Deaths per 100,000 population
Under 21 *
21 to 34 15.6
35 to 54 28.9
55 and over 5.7

Place of death, 2009
Drug-related Deaths
Health care facility 17
Home 41
Public place *
Other 10
Not documented *

Drug-related suicide Deaths
Health care facility *
Home 14
Public place 0
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 - 71 17 - 17 4
Alcohol - 23 0 - 5 0
Cocaine - 26 7 - * 0
Marijuana - * 0 - 0 0
Stimulants - 0 0 - 0 0
Club drugs - 0 0 - 0 0
Hallucinogens - 0 0 - 0 0
Inhalants - 0 0 - 0 0
Antidepressants - 21 * - 6 0
Antipsychotics - * 0 - 4 *
Benzodiazepines - 14 0 - 6 *
Misc. anxiolytics, sedatives, and hypnotics - 4 0 - * 0
Opiates/opioids - 45 8 - 10 *
– Heroin (specified) - 6 * - 0 0
– Methadone - 12 * - 0 0
– All other opiates/opioids - 32 4 - 10 *
Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory agents - 0 0 - * 0
Salicylates/combinations - 0 0 - 0 0
Misc. analgesics/combinations - * 0 - 0 0
Anticonvulsants - * 0 - 0 0
Muscle relaxants - 5 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.