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

Drug misuse deaths reported to DAWN 259
Suicide deaths reported to DAWN 42
Population 1,777,143
Drug misuse deaths per 1,000,000 population 145.7
Suicide deaths per 1,000,000 population 23.6

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 154 259 67 28 42 14
Alcohol1 33 75 -- 8 11 0
Cocaine 46 99 20 -- -- --
Marijuana 0 5 0 0 0 0
Stimulants 16 25 7 0 0 0
Club drugs2 -- -- 0 0 0 0
Hallucinogens3 0 -- -- 0 0 0
Inhalants 0 -- 0 0 -- --
 
Antidepressants 62 68 -- 19 21 --
Antipsychotics 7 6 0 0 -- 0
Benzodiazepines 28 36 0 5 8 0
Misc. anxiolytics, sedatives, and hypnotics 29 32 0 8 13 --
Opiates/opioids 114 177 22 11 11 --
– Heroin (specified) 18 42 13 -- -- 0
– Methadone 44 67 4 -- -- 0
– All other opiates/opioids 67 94 5 10 9 --
Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory agents -- 0 0 0 -- 0
Salicylates/combinations -- -- -- -- 4 --
Misc. analgesics/combinations 5 12 4 5 6 --
Anticonvulsants 15 15 0 -- 4 0
Muscle relaxants 10 11 0 4 0 0

Deaths by case type, 2004
Suicide 14.0%
Overmedication 21.6%
Homicide 0.3%
All other accidental 53.2%
Could not be determined 11.0%

Causes of death, 2004
Drug misuse Deaths
Any drug-related cause 231
– Abuse 10
– Drug or alcohol 230
– Toxic effects 217
Body systems (includes infections) 54
Accidents and injuries 19

Place of death, 2004
Drug misuse Deaths
Health care facility 61
Home 133
Public place 33
Other 32
Not documented 0

Death rates by gender and age: Drug misuse, 2004
Gender Deaths per 1,000,000 population
Male 202.0
Female 89.7

Age Deaths per 1,000,000 population
Under 21 22.2
21 to 34 126.5
35 to 54 272.7
55 and over 112.7

Top 5 drugs involved: Drug misuse deaths, 2004
Drug category Single-drug deaths Multi-drug deaths Total
Opiates/opioids 22 155 177
Cocaine 20 79 99
Alcohol 1 74 75
Antidepressants 2 66 68
Benzodiazepines 0 36 36

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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