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Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA: Pierce County, WA


Drug-related deaths reported to DAWN 147
Drug-related suicide deaths reported to DAWN 12
Population 796,836
Drug-related deaths per 100,000 population 18.4
Drug-related suicide deaths per 100,000 population 1.5

Deaths by manner of death, 2009
Suicide 7.5%
Homicide 0.0%
Could not be determined 8.8%
Accidental 76.1%
Natural 7.5%

Top 5 drugs involved: Drug-related deaths, 2009
Drug category Single-drug deaths Multi-drug deaths Total
Opiates/opioids 17 67 84
Antidepressants 5 24 29
Alcohol 2 25 27
Cocaine 9 18 27
Stimulants 12 14 26

Death rates by gender and age: Drug-related, 2009
Gender Deaths per 100,000 population
Male 21.9
Female 15.0

Age Deaths per 100,000 population
Under 21 *
21 to 34 18.2
35 to 54 31.4
55 and over 24.8

Place of death, 2009
Drug-related Deaths
Health care facility 34
Home 91
Public place 10
Other 12
Not documented 0

Drug-related suicide Deaths
Health care facility *
Home 9
Public place *
Other 0
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 150 147 56 23 12 *
Alcohol 36 27 * 7 * *
Cocaine 25 27 9 * * *
Marijuana 22 12 0 * * *
Stimulants 22 26 12 * * *
Club drugs * 0 0 0 0 *
Hallucinogens * * 0 0 0 *
Inhalants * * 0 * 0 *
Antidepressants 34 29 5 12 * *
Antipsychotics * 6 * * * *
Benzodiazepines 29 26 0 6 * *
Misc. anxiolytics, sedatives, and hypnotics 15 14 * 6 * *
Opiates/opioids 100 84 17 12 5 *
– Heroin (specified) 21 11 * * 0 *
– Methadone 46 29 9 * * *
– All other opiates/opioids 54 50 5 12 4 *
Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory agents 0 0 0 0 * *
Salicylates/combinations * 0 0 0 0 *
Misc. analgesics/combinations 7 5 0 4 * *
Anticonvulsants * * 0 0 0 *
Muscle relaxants 6 6 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.