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Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, OR-WA: Multnomah County, OR


Drug-related deaths reported to DAWN 145
Drug-related suicide deaths reported to DAWN 21
Population 726,855
Drug-related deaths per 100,000 population 19.9
Drug-related suicide deaths per 100,000 population 2.9

Deaths by manner of death, 2009
Suicide 12.7%
Homicide 0.0%
Could not be determined 7.8%
Accidental 74.1%
Natural 5.4%

Top 5 drugs involved: Drug-related deaths, 2009
Drug category Single-drug deaths Multi-drug deaths Total
Opiates/opioids 52 71 123
Alcohol 3 52 55
Cocaine 2 19 21
Stimulants 4 11 15
Benzodiazepines 1 9 10

Death rates by gender and age: Drug-related, 2009
Gender Deaths per 100,000 population
Male 26.7
Female 13.3

Age Deaths per 100,000 population
Under 21 3.9
21 to 34 17.7
35 to 54 36.6
55 and over 18.5

Place of death, 2009
Drug-related Deaths
Health care facility 24
Home 71
Public place 8
Other 42
Not documented 0

Drug-related suicide Deaths
Health care facility 4
Home 15
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 180 145 65 32 21 4
Alcohol 77 55 * 17 8 0
Cocaine 46 21 * 0 * 0
Marijuana 45 * 0 * * 0
Stimulants 28 15 4 * 0 0
Club drugs * 0 0 0 * 0
Hallucinogens 0 0 0 0 * 0
Inhalants 0 0 0 * * 0
Antidepressants 67 8 0 11 7 0
Antipsychotics 12 5 * 8 * *
Benzodiazepines 66 10 * 12 8 *
Misc. anxiolytics, sedatives, and hypnotics 16 * * 10 * 0
Opiates/opioids 151 123 52 12 8 *
– Heroin (specified) 88 79 35 * 0 0
– Methadone 43 32 13 4 * 0
– All other opiates/opioids 51 22 4 9 7 *
Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory agents 0 0 0 0 0 0
Salicylates/combinations 0 0 0 0 0 0
Misc. analgesics/combinations 7 * * 4 * 0
Anticonvulsants 6 * 0 5 0 0
Muscle relaxants 7 * 0 * 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.
SOURCE: Center for Behavioral Health Statistics and Quality, SAMHSA, Drug Abuse Warning Network, 2009.