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

Drug misuse deaths reported to DAWN 66
Suicide deaths reported to DAWN 13
Population 555,040
Drug misuse deaths per 1,000,000 population 118.9
Suicide deaths per 1,000,000 population 23.4

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 69 66 11 16 13 --
Alcohol1 19 19 -- 7 -- --
Cocaine 30 29 6 4 0 --
Marijuana -- 4 0 -- -- --
Stimulants -- -- 0 0 0 --
Club drugs2 0 -- 0 0 0 --
Hallucinogens3 4 -- 0 0 0 --
Inhalants -- -- -- -- 0 --
 
Antidepressants 17 13 0 7 7 --
Antipsychotics 4 0 0 -- -- --
Benzodiazepines 23 26 0 4 5 --
Misc. anxiolytics, sedatives, and hypnotics 5 5 0 0 -- --
Opiates/opioids 49 50 -- 9 7 --
– Heroin (specified) -- -- 0 0 0 --
– Methadone 13 12 -- -- -- --
– All other opiates/opioids 36 38 -- 8 7 --
Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory agents 0 -- 0 0 -- --
Salicylates/combinations -- 0 0 0 -- --
Misc. analgesics/combinations 5 6 0 4 5 --
Anticonvulsants -- -- 0 -- 0 --
Muscle relaxants -- 4 0 -- -- --

Deaths by case type, 2004
Suicide 16.5%
Overmedication 13.9%
Homicide 0.0%
All other accidental 55.7%
Could not be determined 13.9%

Causes of death, 2004
Drug misuse Deaths
Any drug-related cause 63
– Abuse 0
– Drug or alcohol 63
– Toxic effects 61
Body systems (includes infections) 7
Accidents and injuries --

Place of death, 2004
Drug misuse Deaths
Health care facility 15
Home 40
Public place 0
Other 11
Not documented 0

Death rates by gender and age: Drug misuse, 2004
Gender Deaths per 1,000,000 population
Male 153.8
Female 86.9

Age Deaths per 1,000,000 population
Under 21 18.6
21 to 34 191.5
35 to 54 226.7
55 and over 58.6

Top 5 drugs involved: Drug misuse deaths, 2004
Drug category Single-drug deaths Multi-drug deaths Total
Opiates/opioids 3 47 50
Cocaine 6 23 29
Benzodiazepines 0 26 26
Alcohol 1 18 19
Antidepressants 0 13 13

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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