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


Drug-related deaths reported to DAWN 412
Drug-related suicide deaths reported to DAWN 28
Population 1,547,297
Drug-related deaths per 100,000 population 26.6
Drug-related suicide deaths per 100,000 population 1.8

Deaths by manner of death, 2009
Suicide 6.4%
Homicide 0.0%
Could not be determined 0.5%
Accidental 92.7%
Natural 0.5%

Top 5 drugs involved: Drug-related deaths, 2009
Drug category Single-drug deaths Multi-drug deaths Total
Opiates/opioids 12 259 271
Cocaine 62 170 232
Benzodiazepines 1 193 194
Alcohol 0 87 87
Antidepressants 0 71 71

Death rates by gender and age: Drug-related, 2009
Gender Deaths per 100,000 population
Male 40.0
Female 14.8

Age Deaths per 100,000 population
Under 21 1.4
21 to 34 31.2
35 to 54 54.1
55 and over 22.0

Place of death, 2009
Drug-related Deaths
Health care facility 141
Home 210
Public place 17
Other 38
Not documented 6

Drug-related suicide Deaths
Health care facility 8
Home 16
Public place 0
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 442 412 84 15 28 *
Alcohol 98 87 0 4 9 *
Cocaine 233 232 62 * * *
Marijuana 6 0 0 0 0 *
Stimulants 8 12 0 0 0 *
Club drugs 4 * 0 0 0 *
Hallucinogens 20 22 0 0 * *
Inhalants * * 0 0 * *
Antidepressants 109 71 0 8 13 *
Antipsychotics 48 9 * 4 * *
Benzodiazepines 179 194 * 7 14 *
Misc. anxiolytics, sedatives, and hypnotics 97 36 0 * 7 *
Opiates/opioids 309 271 12 6 14 *
– Heroin (specified) 92 71 * * * *
– Methadone 99 55 * 0 * *
– All other opiates/opioids 262 238 9 6 14 *
Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory agents 79 * 0 * 0 *
Salicylates/combinations * 0 0 * 0 *
Misc. analgesics/combinations 24 17 5 * * *
Anticonvulsants 29 17 0 0 * *
Muscle relaxants 29 17 * * 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.