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San Diego-Carlsbad-San Marcos, CA

Drug misuse deaths reported to DAWN 283
Suicide deaths reported to DAWN 62
Metro area population, 2004 2,931,714
Population covered by DAWN 2,931,714
Percent of population covered by DAWN 100%

Metro area overview: Deaths and population by county, 2004
Metro area component Drug misuse Suicide Total
population
Deaths Rate1 Deaths Rate1
1 Deaths per 1,000,000 population.
Total participating (1) 283 96.5 62 21.1 2,931,714
1. San Diego County, CA 283 96.5 62 21.1 2,931,714

Deaths by case type, 2004
Suicide 18.0%
Overmedication 15.7%
Homicide 0.3%
All other accidental 64.9%
Could not be determined 1.2%

Place of death, 2004
Drug misuse Deaths
Health care facility 54
Home 156
Public place 23
Other 50
Not documented 0

Suicide Deaths
Health care facility 12
Home 41
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 21 145 166
Stimulants 54 35 89
Benzodiazepines 0 69 69
Alcohol 0 68 68
Antidepressants 2 65 67

Top 5 drugs involved: Suicide deaths, 2004
Drug category Single-drug deaths Multi-drug deaths Total
Antidepressants 1 27 28
Alcohol 0 23 23
Opiates/opioids 3 19 22
Benzodiazepines 2 15 17
Misc. anxiolytics, sedatives, and hypnotics 0 14 14

Death rates by gender and age: Drug misuse, 2004
Gender Deaths per 1,000,000 population
Male 128.4
Female 63.9

Age Deaths per 1,000,000 population
Under 21 2.2
21 to 34 85.4
35 to 54 222.1
55 and over 71.7

Death rates by gender and age: Suicide, 2004
Gender Deaths per 1,000,000 population
Male 19.6
Female 22.7

Age Deaths per 1,000,000 population
Under 21 2.2
21 to 34 15.8
35 to 54 43.0
55 and over 24.5

Causes of death, 2004
Drug misuse Deaths
Any drug-related cause 239
– Abuse 67
– Drug or alcohol 239
– Toxic effects 226
Body systems (includes infections) 83
Accidents and injuries 5

Suicide Deaths
Any drug-related cause 61
– Abuse 0
– Drug or alcohol 61
– Toxic effects 60
Body systems (includes infections) 7
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 352 283 100 86 62 15
Alcohol2 94 68 0 21 23 0
Cocaine 52 51 12 4 -- 0
Marijuana -- 6 0 0 0 0
Stimulants 108 89 54 11 4 0
Club drugs3 -- -- 0 -- 0 0
Hallucinogens4 0 0 0 0 0 0
Inhalants -- 0 0 0 0 0
 
Antidepressants 75 67 -- 32 28 --
Antipsychotics 28 16 -- 13 11 --
Benzodiazepines 92 69 0 29 17 --
Misc. anxiolytics, sedatives, and hypnotics 32 30 -- 16 14 0
Opiates/opioids 194 166 21 27 22 --
– Heroin (specified) 62 48 9 0 -- 0
– Methadone 23 26 -- 0 -- 0
– All other opiates/opioids 124 100 9 27 20 --
Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory agents 7 -- 0 -- -- 0
Salicylates/combinations -- 0 0 0 -- --
Misc. analgesics/combinations 24 21 4 11 6 --
Anticonvulsants 8 6 0 6 -- 0
Muscle relaxants 12 23 -- -- 6 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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