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Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA

Drug misuse deaths reported to DAWN 337
Suicide deaths reported to DAWN 52
Metro area population, 2004 3,166,828
Population covered by DAWN 2,421,417
Percent of population covered by DAWN 76%

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) 337 139.2 52 21.5 2,421,417
1. King County, WA* 259 145.7 42 23.6 1,777,143
2. Pierce County, WA§         745,411
3. Snohomish County, WA* 78 121.1 10 15.5 644,274

Deaths by case type, 2004
Suicide 13.4%
Overmedication 27.8%
Homicide 0.3%
All other accidental 49.4%
Could not be determined 9.3%

Place of death, 2004
Drug misuse Deaths
Health care facility 76
Home 183
Public place 35
Other 43
Not documented 0

Suicide Deaths
Health care facility 8
Home 34
Public place 4
Other 6
Not documented 0

Top 5 drugs involved: Drug misuse deaths, 2004
Drug category Single-drug deaths Multi-drug deaths Total
Opiates/opioids 28 211 239
Cocaine 25 91 116
Antidepressants 2 99 101
Alcohol 1 88 89
Benzodiazepines 0 59 59

Top 5 drugs involved: Suicide deaths, 2004
Drug category Single-drug deaths Multi-drug deaths Total
Antidepressants 2 25 27
Opiates/opioids 1 17 18
Misc. anxiolytics, sedatives, and hypnotics 1 15 16
Alcohol 0 15 15
Misc. analgesics/combinations 3 6 9

Death rates by gender and age: Drug misuse, 2004
Gender Deaths per 1,000,000 population
Male 182.7
Female 95.7

Age Deaths per 1,000,000 population
Under 21 17.1
21 to 34 138.2
35 to 54 261.2
55 and over 101.1

Death rates by gender and age: Suicide, 2004
Gender Deaths per 1,000,000 population
Male 22.3
Female 20.6

Age Deaths per 1,000,000 population
Under 21 3.1
21 to 34 18.6
35 to 54 36.2
55 and over 24.3

Causes of death, 2004
Drug misuse Deaths
Any drug-related cause 305
– Abuse 10
– Drug or alcohol 304
– Toxic effects 291
Body systems (includes infections) 63
Accidents and injuries 19

Suicide Deaths
Any drug-related cause 52
– Abuse 0
– Drug or alcohol 52
– Toxic effects 49
Body systems (includes infections) 8
Accidents and injuries 4

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 219 337 83 43 52 15
Alcohol2 48 89 -- 13 15 0
Cocaine 65 116 25 -- 4 --
Marijuana 0 5 0 0 -- 0
Stimulants 26 31 11 -- -- 0
Club drugs3 4 -- 0 0 0 0
Hallucinogens4 0 -- -- 0 0 0
Inhalants -- -- -- 0 -- --
 
Antidepressants 86 101 -- 27 27 --
Antipsychotics 10 8 0 -- -- 0
Benzodiazepines 52 59 0 9 9 0
Misc. anxiolytics, sedatives, and hypnotics 38 43 0 11 16 --
Opiates/opioids 165 239 28 17 18 --
– Heroin (specified) 19 43 13 -- -- 0
– Methadone 67 100 7 -- -- 0
– All other opiates/opioids 99 130 8 16 16 --
Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory agents 5 -- 0 0 -- 0
Salicylates/combinations -- -- -- 4 4 --
Misc. analgesics/combinations 8 22 4 7 9 --
Anticonvulsants 22 22 0 -- 6 0
Muscle relaxants 14 19 0 5 -- 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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