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Denver-Aurora-Broomfield, CO: Arapahoe County, CO


Drug-related deaths reported to DAWN 82
Drug-related suicide deaths reported to DAWN 22
Population 565,360
Drug-related deaths per 100,000 population 14.5
Drug-related suicide deaths per 100,000 population 3.9

Deaths by manner of death, 2009
Suicide 21.2%
Homicide 1.0%
Could not be determined 7.7%
Accidental 70.2%
Natural 0.0%

Top 5 drugs involved: Drug-related deaths, 2009
Drug category Single-drug deaths Multi-drug deaths Total
Opiates/opioids 10 55 65
Alcohol 0 29 29
Antidepressants 1 26 27
Benzodiazepines 0 26 26
Misc. anxiolytics, sedatives, and hypnotics 2 19 21

Death rates by gender and age: Drug-related, 2009
Gender Deaths per 100,000 population
Male 15.4
Female 13.6

Age Deaths per 100,000 population
Under 21 *
21 to 34 21.8
35 to 54 25.7
55 and over 11.8

Place of death, 2009
Drug-related Deaths
Health care facility 15
Home 59
Public place *
Other 6
Not documented 0

Drug-related suicide Deaths
Health care facility *
Home 14
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 76 82 16 16 22 *
Alcohol 35 29 0 7 8 *
Cocaine 20 16 * * * *
Marijuana 0 0 0 0 0 *
Stimulants 5 4 0 0 0 *
Club drugs * 0 0 0 0 *
Hallucinogens 0 0 0 0 0 *
Inhalants 0 0 0 0 * *
Antidepressants 27 27 * 9 8 *
Antipsychotics * * 0 * * *
Benzodiazepines 26 26 0 6 11 *
Misc. anxiolytics, sedatives, and hypnotics 16 21 * 8 5 *
Opiates/opioids 55 65 10 6 12 *
– Heroin (specified) 4 9 * 0 * *
– Methadone 9 8 0 * * *
– All other opiates/opioids 46 52 7 5 12 *
Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory agents 0 * 0 0 0 *
Salicylates/combinations * 0 0 0 0 *
Misc. analgesics/combinations 4 * 0 * * *
Anticonvulsants 4 * 0 * * *
Muscle relaxants 9 9 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.

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