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Miami-Fort Lauderdale-Miami Beach, FL

Drug misuse deaths reported to DAWN 332
Suicide deaths reported to DAWN 50
Metro area population, 2004 5,361,723
Population covered by DAWN 3,606,830
Percent of population covered by DAWN 67%

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 (2) 332 92.0 50 13.9 3,606,830
1. Broward County, FL§         1,754,893
2. Miami-Dade County, FL* 169 71.5 30 12.7 2,363,600
3. Palm Beach County, FL* 163 131.1 20 16.1 1,243,230

Deaths by case type, 2004
Suicide 13.1%
Overmedication 9.9%
Homicide 0.0%
All other accidental 77.0%
Could not be determined 0.0%

Place of death, 2004
Drug misuse Deaths
Health care facility 78
Home 166
Public place 34
Other 54
Not documented 0

Suicide Deaths
Health care facility 6
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 46 191 237
Cocaine 39 134 173
Benzodiazepines 1 107 108
Alcohol 11 79 90
Antidepressants 0 43 43

Top 5 drugs involved: Suicide deaths, 2004
Drug category Single-drug deaths Multi-drug deaths Total
Opiates/opioids 6 17 23
Benzodiazepines 1 17 18
Antidepressants 0 15 15
Misc. analgesics/combinations 1 9 10
Cocaine 1 8 9

Death rates by gender and age: Drug misuse, 2004
Gender Deaths per 1,000,000 population
Male 139.1
Female 47.9

Age Deaths per 1,000,000 population
Under 21 28.0
21 to 34 127.6
35 to 54 185.9
55 and over 32.6

Death rates by gender and age: Suicide, 2004
Gender Deaths per 1,000,000 population
Male 18.9
Female 9.2

Age Deaths per 1,000,000 population
Under 21 2.0
21 to 34 8.1
35 to 54 20.3
55 and over 22.1

Causes of death, 2004
Drug misuse Deaths
Any drug-related cause 316
– Abuse 30
– Drug or alcohol 316
– Toxic effects 282
Body systems (includes infections) 69
Accidents and injuries 26

Suicide Deaths
Any drug-related cause 48
– Abuse --
– Drug or alcohol 48
– Toxic effects 48
Body systems (includes infections) 6
Accidents and injuries 8

Drug-related deaths by drug category, 2003-2004
Drug category Drug misuse Suicide
Deaths,
2003
Deaths,
2004
Single-drug
deaths,
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Deaths,
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Deaths,
2004
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   332 100   50 14
Alcohol2   90 11   8 --
Cocaine   173 39   9 --
Marijuana   7 0   0 0
Stimulants   5 --   0 0
Club drugs3   9 0   0 0
Hallucinogens4   0 0   0 0
 
Antidepressants   0 0   0 0
Antidepressants   43 0   15 0
Antipsychotics   7 0   7 --
Benzodiazepines   108 --   18 --
Misc. anxiolytics, sedatives, and hypnotics   21 0   5 0
Opiates/opioids   237 46   23 6
– Heroin (specified)   64 9   -- 0
– Methadone   78 22   -- --
– All other opiates/opioids   121 15   20 5
Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory agents   -- 0   0 0
Salicylates/combinations   0 0   4 --
Misc. analgesics/combinations   17 --   10 --
Anticonvulsants   5 0   -- 0
Muscle relaxants   7 0   -- 0

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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