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Denver-Aurora, CO: Denver County, CO

Drug-related deaths reported to DAWN 152
Drug-related suicide deaths reported to DAWN 26
Population 558,663
Drug-related deaths per 100,000 population 27.2
Drug-related suicide deaths per 100,000 population 4.7

Drug-related deaths by drug category, 2004-2005
Drug category Drug-related Drug-related suicide
Deaths,
2004
Deaths,
2005
Single-drug
deaths,
2005
Deaths,
2004
Deaths,
2005
Single-drug
deaths,
2005
* Includes alcohol in combination with other drugs (all ages) and alcohol alone in decedents under age 21.
Includes MDMA (Ecstasy), GHB, flunitrazepam (Rohypnol), and ketamine.
†† Includes PCP, LSD, and miscellaneous hallucinogens.
ALL DRUGS 128 152 52 18 26 11
Alcohol* 63 53 0 4 6 0
Cocaine 62 87 27 -- -- 0
Marijuana -- -- 0 0 0 0
Stimulants 11 11 -- 0 -- 0
Club drugs -- 0 0 0 0 0
Hallucinogens†† 0 0 0 0 0 0
Inhalants -- -- 0 -- 0 0
Antidepressants 6 5 0 7 8 --
Antipsychotics -- -- 0 4 -- 0
Benzodiazepines 16 15 0 -- 7 0
Misc. anxiolytics, sedatives, and hypnotics -- 5 0 -- -- 0
Opiates/opioids 79 92 21 -- 13 6
– Heroin (specified) -- 4 0 0 -- --
– Methadone 9 14 4 -- -- --
– All other opiates/opioids 71 78 17 -- 9 4
Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory agents 0 0 0 0 -- 0
Salicylates/combinations 0 0 0 -- -- --
Misc. analgesics/combinations 5 7 -- 6 5 0
Anticonvulsants -- -- 0 0 0 0
Muscle relaxants -- -- 0 -- -- 0

Deaths by manner of death, 2005
Suicide 14.6%
Homicide 0.0%
Could not be determined 12.9%
Natural/accidental 72.5%

Place of death, 2005
Drug-related Deaths
Health care facility 45
Home 70
Public place 12
Other 25
Not documented 0

Drug-related suicide Deaths
Health care facility 5
Home 18
Public place --
Other --
Not documented 0

Death rates by gender and age: Drug-related, 2005
Gender Deaths per 100,000 population
Male 42.9
Female 10.9

Age Deaths per 100,000 population
Under 21 0.7
21 to 34 24.6
35 to 54 61.9
55 and over 15.1

Top 5 drugs involved: Drug-related deaths, 2005
Drug category Single-drug deaths Multi-drug deaths Total
Opiates/opioids 21 71 92
Cocaine 27 60 87
Alcohol 0 53 53
Benzodiazepines 0 15 15
Stimulants 3 8 11

End Notes
1. Drug-related deaths exclude suicides.
2. All death rates are per 100,000 population.
3. -- A number less than 4 has been suppressed.

SOURCE: Office of Applied Studies, SAMHSA, Drug Abuse Warning Network, 2005 (08/2008 update).

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