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Los Angeles-Long Beach-Santa Ana, CA

Drug-related deaths reported to DAWN 889
Drug-related suicide deaths reported to DAWN 110
Metro area population, 2010 12,875,275
Population covered by DAWN 9,848,432
Percent of population covered by DAWN 76%

Metro area overview: Deaths and population by county, 2010
County Drug-related Drug-related suicide Population
Deaths Rate Deaths Rate
Area did not participate in DAWN this year.
Total participating (1) 889 9.0 110 1.1 9,848,432
1. Los Angeles County, CA 889 9.0 110 1.1 9,848,432
2. Orange County, CA - - - - 3,026,844

Deaths by manner of death, 2010
Suicide 11.0%
Homicide 0.3%
Could not be determined 3.6%
Accidental 83.4%
Natural 1.7%

Top 5 drugs involved: Drug-related deaths, 2010
Drug category Single-drug deaths Multi-drug deaths Total
Opiates/opioids 87 430 517
Alcohol 8 309 317
Cocaine 62 143 205
Stimulants 82 117 199
Antidepressants 8 145 153

Top 5 drugs involved: Drug-related suicide deaths, 2010
Drug category Single-drug deaths Multi-drug deaths Total
Alcohol 3 43 46
Antidepressants 3 43 46
Misc. anxiolytics, sedatives, and hypnotics 0 35 35
Benzodiazepines 3 30 33
Opiates/opioids 4 21 25

Death rates by sex and age: Drug-related, 2010
Sex Deaths per 100,000 population
Male 12.5
Female 5.6

Age Deaths per 100,000 population
Under 21 1.1
21 to 34 7.7
35 to 54 16.8
55 and over 11.0


Death rates by sex and age: Drug-related suicide, 2010
Sex Deaths per 100,000 population
Male 1.3
Female 0.9

Age Deaths per 100,000 population
Under 21 0.2
21 to 34 0.9
35 to 54 1.9
55 and over 1.5

Place of death, 2010
Drug-related Deaths
Health care facility 204
Home 439
Public place 121
Other 124
Not documented *

Drug-related suicide Deaths
Health care facility 10
Home 71
Public place 11
Other 18
Not documented 0

Drug-related deaths by drug category, 2009-2010
Drug category Drug-relatedDrug-related suicide
Deaths, 2009 Deaths, 2010 Single-drug deaths, 2010 Deaths, 2009 Deaths, 2010 Single-drug deaths, 2010
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 895 889 283 125 110 32
Alcohol 353 317 8 42 46 *
Cocaine 251 205 62 6 4 0
Marijuana 10 20 * 0 0 0
Stimulants 116 199 82 * 10 *
Club drugs 10 23 * 0 0 0
Hallucinogens 12 15 5 0 0 0
Inhalants 13 7 4 14 12 8
Antidepressants 160 153 8 49 46 *
Antipsychotics 62 53 5 16 20 *
Benzodiazepines 172 133 * 47 33 *
Misc. anxiolytics, sedatives, and hypnotics 118 115 * 36 35 0
Opiates/opioids 549 517 87 43 25 4
– Heroin (specified) 196 169 32 * 0 0
– Methadone 72 74 11 * * *
– All other opiates/opioids 409 398 44 41 24 *
Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory agents 9 8 0 * 5 0
Salicylates/combinations * 0 0 0 * *
Misc. analgesics/combinations 35 47 4 7 15 4
Anticonvulsants 18 61 * 4 10 0
Muscle relaxants 47 43 0 8 13 *

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, 2010.

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