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Los Angeles-Long Beach-Santa-Ana, CA

Drug misuse deaths reported to DAWN 1,038
Suicide deaths reported to DAWN 167
Metro area population, 2004 12,925,330
Population covered by DAWN 9,937,739
Percent of population covered by DAWN 77%

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.
1 Deaths per 1,000,000 population.
Total participating (1) 1,038 104.5 167 16.8 9,937,739
1. Los Angeles County, CA 1,038 104.5 167 16.8 9,937,739
2. Orange County, CA§         2,987,591

Deaths by case type, 2004
Suicide 13.9%
Overmedication 6.6%
Homicide 0.4%
All other accidental 76.5%
Could not be determined 2.7%

Place of death, 2004
Drug misuse Deaths
Health care facility 412
Home 339
Public place 60
Other 223
Not documented 4

Suicide Deaths
Health care facility 36
Home 90
Public place 6
Other 35
Not documented 0

Top 5 drugs involved: Drug misuse deaths, 2004
Drug category Single-drug deaths Multi-drug deaths Total
Opiates/opioids 81 465 546
Cocaine 195 245 440
Stimulants 19 188 207
Alcohol 9 157 166
Antidepressants 6 127 133

Top 5 drugs involved: Suicide deaths, 2004
Drug category Single-drug deaths Multi-drug deaths Total
Antidepressants 10 55 65
Opiates/opioids 4 46 50
Misc. anxiolytics, sedatives, and hypnotics 6 29 35
Benzodiazepines 2 32 34
Stimulants 1 27 28

Death rates by gender and age: Drug misuse, 2004
Gender Deaths per 1,000,000 population
Male 154.6
Female 55.8

Age Deaths per 1,000,000 population
Under 21 9.9
21 to 34 86.3
35 to 54 232.8
55 and over 87.7

Death rates by gender and age: Suicide, 2004
Gender Deaths per 1,000,000 population
Male 20.4
Female 13.4

Age Deaths per 1,000,000 population
Under 21 2.5
21 to 34 22.2
35 to 54 24.8
55 and over 22.9

Causes of death, 2004
Drug misuse Deaths
Any drug-related cause 666
– Abuse 22
– Drug or alcohol 652
– Toxic effects 445
Body systems (includes infections) 346
Accidents and injuries 951

Suicide Deaths
Any drug-related cause 83
– Abuse 0
– Drug or alcohol 83
– Toxic effects 71
Body systems (includes infections) 14
Accidents and injuries 165

Drug-related deaths by drug category, 2003-2004
Drug category Drug misuse Suicide
Deaths,
2003
Deaths,
2004
Single-drug
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Deaths,
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Deaths,
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Single-drug
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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   1,038 348   167 52
Alcohol2   166 9   25 0
Cocaine   440 195   21 7
Marijuana   48 14   4 --
Stimulants   207 19   28 --
Club drugs3   9 --   -- 0
Hallucinogens4   15 --   0 0
Inhalants   7 --   5 4
 
Antidepressants   133 6   65 10
Antipsychotics   56 --   17 --
Benzodiazepines   82 --   34 --
Misc. anxiolytics, sedatives, and hypnotics   84 0   35 6
Opiates/opioids   546 81   50 4
– Heroin (specified)   279 35   4 0
– Methadone   59 15   -- 0
– All other opiates/opioids (not heroin or methadone)   406 31   49 4
Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory agents   9 0   -- 0
Salicylates/combinations   4 --   -- --
Misc. analgesics/combinations   27 5   14 --
Anticonvulsants   30 --   9 --
Muscle relaxants   29 0   10 --

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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