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Pittsburgh, PA

Drug misuse deaths reported to DAWN 211
Suicide deaths reported to DAWN 27
Metro area population, 2004 2,401,575
Population covered by DAWN 1,250,867
Percent of population covered by DAWN 52%

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) 211 168.7 27 21.6 1,250,867
1. Allegheny County, PA 211 168.7 27 21.6 1,250,867
2. Armstrong County, PA§         71,395
3. Beaver County, PA§         178,601
4. Butler County, PA§         180,663
5. Fayette County, PA§         145,651
6. Washington County, PA§         205,738
7. Westmoreland County, PA§         368,660

Deaths by case type, 2004
Suicide 11.3%
Overmedication 0.0%
Homicide 0.0%
All other accidental 86.6%
Could not be determined 2.1%

Place of death, 2004
Drug misuse Deaths
Health care facility 67
Home 119
Public place 5
Other 20
Not documented 0

Suicide Deaths
Health care facility 7
Home 19
Public place 0
Other --
Not documented 0

Top 5 drugs involved: Drug misuse deaths, 2004
Drug category Single-drug deaths Multi-drug deaths Total
Opiates/opioids 60 104 164
Cocaine 26 66 92
Benzodiazepines 0 37 37
Alcohol 1 31 32
Antidepressants 1 23 24

Top 5 drugs involved: Suicide deaths, 2004
Drug category Single-drug deaths Multi-drug deaths Total
Misc. analgesics/combinations 3 6 9
Opiates/opioids 0 9 9
Antidepressants 2 7 9
Alcohol 0 7 7
Benzodiazepines 0 4 4

Death rates by gender and age: Drug misuse, 2004
Gender Deaths per 1,000,000 population
Male 254.7
Female 91.7

Age Deaths per 1,000,000 population
Under 21 25.2
21 to 34 271.4
35 to 54 339.2
55 and over 57.2

Death rates by gender and age: Suicide, 2004
Gender Deaths per 1,000,000 population
Male 25.3
Female 18.3

Age Deaths per 1,000,000 population
Under 21 0.0
21 to 34 34.5
35 to 54 34.5
55 and over 20.0

Causes of death, 2004
Drug misuse Deaths
Any drug-related cause 203
– Abuse --
– Drug or alcohol 203
– Toxic effects 201
Body systems (includes infections) 19
Accidents and injuries 0

Suicide Deaths
Any drug-related cause 25
– Abuse 0
– Drug or alcohol 25
– Toxic effects 25
Body systems (includes infections) --
Accidents and injuries --

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   211 91   27 11
Alcohol2   32 --   7 0
Cocaine   92 26   -- 0
Marijuana   0 0   0 0
Stimulants   -- 0   0 0
Club drugs3   0 0   0 0
Hallucinogens4   -- 0   0 0
Inhalants   -- 0   -- --
 
Antidepressants   24 --   9 --
Antipsychotics   6 --   -- --
Benzodiazepines   37 0   4 0
Misc. anxiolytics, sedatives, and hypnotics   9 --   -- --
Opiates/opioids   164 60   9 0
– Heroin (specified)   79 42   0 0
– Methadone   30 4   -- 0
– All other opiates/opioids   69 14   7 0
Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory agents   0 0   0 0
Salicylates/combinations   0 0   -- --
Misc. analgesics/combinations   5 --   9 --
Anticonvulsants   -- 0   -- 0
Muscle relaxants   -- 0   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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