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Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA


Drug-related deaths reported to DAWN 545
Drug-related suicide deaths reported to DAWN 61
Metro area population, 2009 3,407,848
Population covered by DAWN 3,407,848
Percent of population covered by DAWN 100%

Metro area overview: Deaths and population by county, 2009
County Drug-related Drug-related suicide Population
Deaths Rate Deaths Rate
Total participating (3) 545 16.0 61 1.8 3,407,848
1. King County, WA 294 15.3 36 1.9 1,916,441
2. Pierce County, WA 147 18.4 12 1.5 796,836
3. Snohomish County, WA 104 15.0 13 1.9 694,571

Deaths by manner of death, 2009
Suicide 10.1%
Homicide 0.0%
Could not be determined 3.6%
Accidental 83.2%
Natural 3.1%

Top 5 drugs involved: Drug-related deaths, 2009
Drug category Single-drug deaths Multi-drug deaths Total
Opiates/opioids 52 294 346
Antidepressants 5 126 131
Benzodiazepines 0 117 117
Cocaine 29 80 109
Alcohol 2 101 103

Top 5 drugs involved: Drug-related suicide deaths, 2009
Drug category Single-drug deaths Multi-drug deaths Total
Opiates/opioids 3 20 23
Antidepressants 2 19 21
Misc. anxiolytics, sedatives, and hypnotics 2 19 21
Alcohol 0 16 16
Benzodiazepines 0 16 16

Death rates by gender and age: Drug-related, 2009
Gender Deaths per 100,000 population
Male 18.3
Female 13.7

Age Deaths per 100,000 population
Under 21 1.3
21 to 34 13.4
35 to 54 25.9
55 and over 22.5

Death rates by gender and age: Drug-related suicide, 2009
Gender Deaths per 100,000 population
Male 2.1
Female 1.5

Age Deaths per 100,000 population
Under 21 *
21 to 34 1.1
35 to 54 3.0
55 and over 2.7

Place of death, 2009
Drug-related Deaths
Health care facility 153
Home 302
Public place 26
Other 64
Not documented 0

Drug-related suicide Deaths
Health care facility 10
Home 40
Public place 9
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 569 545 184 71 61 15
Alcohol 134 103 * 24 16 0
Cocaine 122 109 29 * * 0
Marijuana 22 12 0 * * 0
Stimulants 47 55 23 4 * *
Club drugs * * 0 0 0 0
Hallucinogens * * 0 0 0 0
Inhalants * * 0 4 4 4
Antidepressants 141 131 5 33 21 *
Antipsychotics 24 24 * 9 5 *
Benzodiazepines 116 117 0 26 16 0
Misc. anxiolytics, sedatives, and hypnotics 72 64 * 20 21 *
Opiates/opioids 389 346 52 33 23 *
– Heroin (specified) 68 41 10 5 0 0
– Methadone 174 146 25 * 4 *
– All other opiates/opioids 219 206 17 28 20 *
Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory agents * * 0 * 4 0
Salicylates/combinations 12 8 5 * * 0
Misc. analgesics/combinations 22 22 * 18 14 0
Anticonvulsants 24 19 * 5 4 0
Muscle relaxants 30 24 0 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.