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Portland-Vancouver-Beaverton, OR-WA

Drug misuse deaths reported to DAWN 154
Suicide deaths reported to DAWN 30
Metro area population, 2004 2,064,336
Population covered by DAWN 1,523,690
Percent of population covered by DAWN 74%

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 (3) 154 101.1 30 19.7 1,523,690
1. Clackamas County, OR 17 46.8 7 19.3 363,276
2. Columbia County, OR§         46,971
3. Multnomah County, OR* 121 180.0 18 26.8 672,161
4. Washington County, OR 16 32.8 5 10.2 488,253
5. Yamhill County, OR§         90,723
6. Clark County, WA§         392,403
7. Skamania County, WA§         10,549

Deaths by case type, 2004
Suicide 16.3%
Overmedication 15.2%
Homicide 0.0%
All other accidental 53.8%
Could not be determined 14.7%

Place of death, 2004
Drug misuse Deaths
Health care facility 16
Home 101
Public place 11
Other 25
Not documented --

Suicide Deaths
Health care facility 6
Home 17
Public place 4
Other --
Not documented 0

Top 5 drugs involved: Drug misuse deaths, 2004
Drug category Single-drug deaths Multi-drug deaths Total
Opiates/opioids 11 117 128
Cocaine 4 53 57
Alcohol 0 57 57
Antidepressants 0 38 38
Benzodiazepines 0 32 32

Top 5 drugs involved: Suicide deaths, 2004
Drug category Single-drug deaths Multi-drug deaths Total
Antidepressants 1 15 16
Opiates/opioids 1 9 10
Alcohol 0 10 10
Antipsychotics 0 8 8
Benzodiazepines 0 4 4

Death rates by gender and age: Drug misuse, 2004
Gender Deaths per 1,000,000 population
Male 145.3
Female 57.5

Age Deaths per 1,000,000 population
Under 21 9.4
21 to 34 109.4
35 to 54 204.3
55 and over 61.6

Death rates by gender and age: Suicide, 2004
Gender Deaths per 1,000,000 population
Male 13.2
Female 26.2

Age Deaths per 1,000,000 population
Under 21 0.0
21 to 34 15.6
35 to 54 44.7
55 and over 13.0

Causes of death, 2004
Drug misuse Deaths
Any drug-related cause 154
– Abuse 17
– Drug or alcohol 153
– Toxic effects 121
Body systems (includes infections) 4
Accidents and injuries 0

Suicide Deaths
Any drug-related cause 30
– Abuse 0
– Drug or alcohol 30
– Toxic effects 30
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 146 154 20 27 30 6
Alcohol2 49 57 0 14 10 0
Cocaine 50 57 4 0 0 0
Marijuana 13 15 0 -- -- 0
Stimulants 21 24 -- -- 4 0
Club drugs3 0 -- 0 0 0 0
Hallucinogens4 0 0 0 0 0 0
Inhalants -- -- -- 0 0 0
 
Antidepressants 40 38 0 14 16 --
Antipsychotics 6 -- 0 4 8 0
Benzodiazepines 31 32 0 6 4 0
Misc. anxiolytics, sedatives, and hypnotics 12 15 0 5 -- 0
Opiates/opioids 120 128 11 9 10 --
– Heroin (specified) 39 65 6 0 0 0
– Methadone 31 36 5 -- 4 --
– All other opiates/opioids 82 53 0 7 6 0
Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory agents 0 0 0 0 0 0
Salicylates/combinations -- -- 0 0 -- 0
Misc. analgesics/combinations -- 5 -- -- -- --
Anticonvulsants 4 -- 0 0 -- 0
Muscle relaxants 4 4 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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