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Birmingham-Hoover, AL

Drug-related deaths reported to DAWN 76
Drug-related suicide deaths reported to DAWN 5
Metro area population, 2005 1,088,218
Population covered by DAWN 656,014
Percent of population covered by DAWN 60%

Metro area overview: Deaths and population by county, 2005
Metro area component Drug-related Drug-related suicide Population
Deaths Rate Deaths Rate
* Area did not participate in DAWN this year.
Total participating (1) 76 11.6 5 0.8 656,014
1. Bibb County, AL*         21,454
2. Blount County, AL*         55,572
3. Chilton County, AL*         41,648
4. Jefferson County, AL 76 11.6 5 0.8 656,014
5. Shelby County, AL*         171,373
6. St. Clair County, AL*         72,177
7. Walker County, AL*         69,980

Deaths by manner of death, 2005
Suicide 6.2%
Homicide 0.0%
Could not be determined 8.6%
Natural/accidental 85.2%

Place of death, 2005
Drug-related Deaths
Health care facility 8
Home 42
Public place 4
Other 22
Not documented 0

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

Top 5 drugs involved: Drug-related deaths, 2005
Drug category Single-drug deaths Multi-drug deaths Total
Opiates/opioids 0 61 61
Cocaine 6 37 43
Benzodiazepines 0 38 38
Antidepressants 0 28 28
Misc. anxiolytics, sedatives, and hypnotics 0 18 18

Top 5 drugs involved: Drug-related suicide deaths, 2005
No single drug had 4 or more deaths.

Gender and age death rates: Drug-related, 2005
Gender Deaths per 100,000 population
Male 18.4
Female 5.5

Age Deaths per 100,000 population
Under 21 3.8
21 to 34 18.5
35 to 54 21.7
55 and over 3.2

Gender and age death rates: Drug-related suicide, 2005
Gender Deaths per 100,000 population
Male 1.6
Female 0.0

Age Deaths per 100,000 population
Under 21 0.0
21 to 34 2.5
35 to 54 0.5
55 and over 0.6

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 96 76 6 12 5 0
Alcohol* 23 12 0 4 --  
Cocaine 56 43 6 5 --  
Marijuana -- -- 0 0 0  
Stimulants 4 4 0 0 0  
Club drugs -- -- 0 0 0  
Hallucinogens†† 0 0 0 0 0  
Inhalants 0 0 0 0 0  
Antidepressants 25 28 0 5 --  
Antipsychotics -- 7 0 -- --  
Benzodiazepines 38 38 0 4 --  
Misc. anxiolytics, sedatives, and hypnotics 14 18 0 -- --  
Opiates/opioids 61 61 0 4 --  
– Heroin (specified) -- -- 0 0 0  
– Methadone 28 41 0 -- 0  
– All other opiates/opioids 45 26 0 -- --  
Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory agents -- 0 0 0 0  
Salicylates/combinations -- -- 0 0 0  
Misc. analgesics/combinations 6 -- 0 0 --  
Anticonvulsants -- -- 0 -- 0  
Muscle relaxants 8 -- 0 -- 0  

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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