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Denver-Aurora, CO: Denver County, CO

Drug misuse deaths reported to DAWN 128
Suicide deaths reported to DAWN 18
Population 556,835
Drug misuse deaths per 1,000,000 population 229.9
Suicide deaths per 1,000,000 population 32.3

Drug-related deaths by drug category, 2003-2004
Drug category Drug misuse Suicide
Deaths,
2003
Deaths,
2004
Single-drug
deaths,
2004
Deaths,
2003
Deaths,
2004
Single-drug
deaths,
2004
1 Includes alcohol in combination with other drugs (all ages) and alcohol alone in decedents under age 21.
2 Includes MDMA (Ecstasy), GHB, flunitrazepam (Rohypnol), and ketamine.
3 Includes PCP, LSD, and miscellaneous hallucinogens.
ALL DRUGS 123 128 33 12 18 4
Alcohol1 55 63 0 4 4 0
Cocaine 58 62 15 -- -- 0
Marijuana -- -- 0 0 0 0
Stimulants 11 11 -- -- 0 0
Club drugs2 -- -- 0 0 0 0
Hallucinogens3 0 0 0 0 0 0
Inhalants -- -- 0 0 -- --
 
Antidepressants 7 6 -- 4 7 0
Antipsychotics -- -- 0 0 4 --
Benzodiazepines 13 16 0 -- -- 0
Misc. anxiolytics, sedatives, and hypnotics -- -- 0 -- -- 0
Opiates/opioids 79 79 13 -- -- 0
– Heroin (specified) 0 -- 0 0 0 0
– Methadone 9 9 -- 0 -- 0
– All other opiates/opioids 72 71 11 -- -- 0
Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory agents 0 0 0 0 0 0
Salicylates/combinations -- 0 0 -- -- 0
Misc. analgesics/combinations 7 5 -- 5 6 --
Anticonvulsants 0 -- 0 -- 0 0
Muscle relaxants 4 -- 0 0 -- 0

Deaths by case type, 2004
Suicide 12.3%
Overmedication 30.8%
Homicide 0.0%
All other accidental 50.7%
Could not be determined 6.2%

Causes of death, 2004
Drug misuse Deaths
Any drug-related cause 125
– Abuse --
– Drug or alcohol 125
– Toxic effects 120
Body systems (includes infections) 11
Accidents and injuries 5

Place of death, 2004
Drug misuse Deaths
Health care facility 42
Home 49
Public place 9
Other 28
Not documented 0

Death rates by gender and age: Drug misuse, 2004
Gender Deaths per 1,000,000 population
Male 372.1
Female 84.0

Age Deaths per 1,000,000 population
Under 21 13.2
21 to 34 232.0
35 to 54 511.1
55 and over 120.0

Top 5 drugs involved: Drug misuse deaths, 2004
Drug category Single-drug deaths Multi-drug deaths Total
Opiates/opioids 13 66 79
Alcohol 0 63 63
Cocaine 15 47 62
Benzodiazepines 0 16 16
Stimulants 3 8 11

End Notes
-- Indicates a number less than 4 has been suppressed.
SOURCE: Office of Applied Studies, SAMHSA, Drug Abuse Warning Network 2004 (11/2005 update).

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