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Denver-Aurora, CO

Drug misuse deaths reported to DAWN 215
Suicide deaths reported to DAWN 53
Metro area population, 2004 2,330,146
Population covered by DAWN 1,866,449
Percent of population covered by DAWN 80%

Metro area overview: Deaths and population by county, 2004
Metro area component Drug misuse Suicide Total
population
Deaths Rate1 Deaths Rate1
§ Area did not participate in DAWN this year.
* Indicates area featured in Spotlight section.
1 Deaths per 1,000,000 population.
Total participating (5) 215 115.2 53 28.4 1,866,449
1. Adams County, CO§         389,857
2. Arapahoe County, CO 51 97.5 13 24.9 522,812
3. Broomfield County, CO§         42,901
4. Clear Creek County, CO§         9,223
5. Denver County, CO* 128 229.9 18 32.3 556,835
6. Douglas County, CO 7 29.4 1 4.2 237,963
7. Elbert County, CO 4 177.9 0 0.0 22,488
8. Gilpin County, CO§         4,883
9. Jefferson County, CO 25 47.5 21 39.9 526,351
10. Park County, CO§         16,833

Deaths by case type, 2004
Suicide 19.8%
Overmedication 22.4%
Homicide 0.0%
All other accidental 48.1%
Could not be determined 9.7%

Place of death, 2004
Drug misuse Deaths
Health care facility 47
Home 109
Public place 18
Other 41
Not documented 0

Suicide Deaths
Health care facility 11
Home 34
Public place --
Other 7
Not documented 0

Top 5 drugs involved: Drug misuse deaths, 2004
Drug category Single-drug deaths Multi-drug deaths Total
Opiates/opioids 26 103 129
Cocaine 28 75 103
Alcohol 0 86 86
Benzodiazepines 0 27 27
Antidepressants 1 18 19

Top 5 drugs involved: Suicide deaths, 2004
Drug category Single-drug deaths Multi-drug deaths Total
Antidepressants 2 20 22
Opiates/opioids 4 12 16
Misc. analgesics/combinations 5 9 14
Misc. anxiolytics, sedatives, and hypnotics 2 9 11
Alcohol 0 9 9

Death rates by gender and age: Drug misuse, 2004
Gender Deaths per 1,000,000 population
Male 172.5
Female 57.9

Age Deaths per 1,000,000 population
Under 21 12.9
21 to 34 139.5
35 to 54 226.1
55 and over 64.9

Death rates by gender and age: Suicide, 2004
Gender Deaths per 1,000,000 population
Male 22.5
Female 34.3

Age Deaths per 1,000,000 population
Under 21 7.3
21 to 34 25.8
35 to 54 51.8
55 and over 25.4

Causes of death, 2004
Drug misuse Deaths
Any drug-related cause 208
– Abuse --
– Drug or alcohol 208
– Toxic effects 201
Body systems (includes infections) 29
Accidents and injuries 5

Suicide Deaths
Any drug-related cause 53
– Abuse 0
– Drug or alcohol 53
– Toxic effects 51
Body systems (includes infections) 10
Accidents and injuries 0

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
2 Includes alcohol in combination with other drugs (all ages) and alcohol alone in decedents under age 21.
3 Includes MDMA (Ecstasy), GHB, flunitrazepam (Rohypnol), and ketamine.
4 Includes PCP, LSD, and miscellaneous hallucinogens.
ALL DRUGS   215 62   53 19
Alcohol2   86 0   9 0
Cocaine   103 28   -- 0
Marijuana   13 0   0 0
Stimulants   17 --   0 0
Club drugs3   -- 0   0 0
Hallucinogens4   0 0   0 0
Inhalants   -- --   -- --
 
Antidepressants   19 --   22 --
Antipsychotics   5 0   6 --
Benzodiazepines   27 0   7 --
Misc. anxiolytics, sedatives, and hypnotics   11 0   11 --
Opiates/opioids   129 26   16 4
– Heroin (specified)   15 6   -- --
– Methadone   19 --   5 --
– All other opiates/opioids   99 17   11 --
Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory agents   -- 0   -- 0
Salicylates/combinations   0 0   -- 0
Misc. analgesics/combinations   14 --   14 5
Anticonvulsants   6 0   -- 0
Muscle relaxants   12 --   5 --

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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