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New Orleans-Metairie-Kenner, LA

Drug misuse deaths reported to DAWN 237
Suicide deaths reported to DAWN 17
Metro area population, 2004 1,319,589
Population covered by DAWN 1,040,482
Percent of population covered by DAWN 79%

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) 237 227.8 17 16.3 1,040,482
1. Jefferson Parish, LA* 132 291.0 12 26.5 453,590
2. Orleans Parish, LA* 87 188.2 4 8.7 462,269
3. Plaquemines Parish, LA 3 103.6 1 34.5 28,969
4. St. Bernard Parish, LA§         65,554
5. St. Charles Parish, LA 9 179.7 0 0.0 50,073
6. St. John the Baptist Parish, LA 6 131.6 0 0.0 45,581
7. St. Tammany Parish, LA§         213,553

Deaths by case type, 2004
Suicide 6.7%
Overmedication 28.3%
Homicide 0.4%
All other accidental 55.9%
Could not be determined 8.7%

Place of death, 2004
Drug misuse Deaths
Health care facility 75
Home 112
Public place 8
Other 41
Not documented --

Suicide Deaths
Health care facility --
Home 10
Public place --
Other --
Not documented 0

Top 5 drugs involved: Drug misuse deaths, 2004
Drug category Single-drug deaths Multi-drug deaths Total
Opiates/opioids 6 166 172
Cocaine 19 93 112
Benzodiazepines 0 105 105
Alcohol 0 59 59
Muscle relaxants 0 48 48

Top 5 drugs involved: Suicide deaths, 2004
Drug category Single-drug deaths Multi-drug deaths Total
Opiates/opioids 1 13 14
Benzodiazepines 0 7 7
Antidepressants 0 5 5
Cocaine 0 5 5
Alcohol 0 5 5

Death rates by gender and age: Drug misuse, 2004
Gender Deaths per 1,000,000 population
Male 345.1
Female 121.5

Age Deaths per 1,000,000 population
Under 21 74.1
21 to 34 346.4
35 to 54 414.9
55 and over 79.9

Death rates by gender and age: Suicide, 2004
Gender Deaths per 1,000,000 population
Male 18.2
Female 14.7

Age Deaths per 1,000,000 population
Under 21 3.2
21 to 34 20.1
35 to 54 36.2
55 and over 4.4

Causes of death, 2004
Drug misuse Deaths
Any drug-related cause 229
– Abuse 60
– Drug or alcohol 229
– Toxic effects 127
Body systems (includes infections) 127
Accidents and injuries 32

Suicide Deaths
Any drug-related cause 16
– Abuse --
– Drug or alcohol 16
– Toxic effects 10
Body systems (includes infections) 7
Accidents and injuries 7

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   237 25   17 --
Alcohol2   59 0   5 --
Cocaine   112 19   5 --
Marijuana   47 0   4 --
Stimulants   9 0   -- --
Club drugs3   14 0   0 --
Hallucinogens4   0 0   0 --
Inhalants   0 0   0 --
 
Antidepressants   18 0   5 --
Antipsychotics   -- 0   0 --
Benzodiazepines   105 0   7 --
Misc. anxiolytics, sedatives, and hypnotics   44 0   -- --
Opiates/opioids   172 6   14 --
– Heroin (specified)   4 0   0 --
– Methadone   83 4   -- --
– All other opiates/opioids   128 --   14 --
Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory agents   -- 0   0 --
Salicylates/combinations   0 0   0 --
Misc. analgesics/combinations   12 0   -- --
Anticonvulsants   -- 0   0 --
Muscle relaxants   48 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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