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Denver-Aurora-Broomfield, CO


Drug-related deaths reported to DAWN 410
Drug-related suicide deaths reported to DAWN 68
Metro area population, 2009 2,552,195
Population covered by DAWN 2,537,885
Percent of population covered by DAWN 99%

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 (8) 410 16.2 68 2.7 2,537,885
1. Adams County, CO 62 14.1 13 2.9 440,994
2. Arapahoe County, CO 82 14.5 22 3.9 565,360
3. Broomfield County, CO 3 5.4 0 0.0 55,990
4. Clear Creek County, CO - - - - 8,706
5. Denver County, CO 190 31.1 23 3.8 610,345
6. Douglas County, CO 15 5.2 1 0.3 288,225
7. Elbert County, CO 2 8.6 0 0.0 23,287
8. Gilpin County, CO - - - - 5,604
9. Jefferson County, CO 56 10.4 8 1.5 536,922
10. Park County, CO 0 0.0 1 6.0 16,762

Deaths by manner of death, 2009
Suicide 14.2%
Homicide 0.2%
Could not be determined 7.7%
Accidental 75.9%
Natural 1.9%

Top 5 drugs involved: Drug-related deaths, 2009
Drug category Single-drug deaths Multi-drug deaths Total
Opiates/opioids 72 243 315
Alcohol 1 149 150
Benzodiazepines 0 92 92
Cocaine 21 69 90
Antidepressants 2 78 80

Top 5 drugs involved: Drug-related suicide deaths, 2009
Drug category Single-drug deaths Multi-drug deaths Total
Opiates/opioids 2 33 35
Benzodiazepines 0 28 28
Alcohol 0 27 27
Antidepressants 1 23 24
Misc. anxiolytics, sedatives, and hypnotics 2 13 15

Death rates by gender and age: Drug-related, 2009
Gender Deaths per 100,000 population
Male 20.7
Female 11.6

Age Deaths per 100,000 population
Under 21 1.5
21 to 34 20.2
35 to 54 28.9
55 and over 14.1

Death rates by gender and age: Drug-related suicide, 2009
Gender Deaths per 100,000 population
Male 2.4
Female 2.9

Age Deaths per 100,000 population
Under 21 0.0
21 to 34 2.3
35 to 54 4.1
55 and over 4.7

Place of death, 2009
Drug-related Deaths
Health care facility 108
Home 234
Public place 27
Other 41
Not documented 0

Drug-related suicide Deaths
Health care facility 14
Home 44
Public place 6
Other 4
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 370 410 112 73 68 10
Alcohol 132 150 * 30 27 0
Cocaine 117 90 21 4 10 0
Marijuana 23 18 0 * * 0
Stimulants 26 30 7 * * 0
Club drugs 4 4 0 0 * 0
Hallucinogens * 0 0 0 0 0
Inhalants * * * * * *
Antidepressants 76 80 * 22 24 *
Antipsychotics 8 6 0 7 8 0
Benzodiazepines 74 92 0 14 28 0
Misc. anxiolytics, sedatives, and hypnotics 38 42 * 29 15 *
Opiates/opioids 256 315 72 32 35 *
– Heroin (specified) 36 71 23 * * 0
– Methadone 35 49 9 4 4 0
– All other opiates/opioids 211 229 40 29 32 *
Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory agents 0 * 0 * 0 0
Salicylates/combinations * 0 0 * * *
Misc. analgesics/combinations 19 16 * 11 8 *
Anticonvulsants 8 11 0 5 5 0
Muscle relaxants 27 26 * 7 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.

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