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Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington, PA-NJ-DE-MD

Drug-related deaths reported to DAWN 650
Drug-related suicide deaths reported to DAWN 47
Metro area population, 2005 5,806,092
Population covered by DAWN 3,005,026
Percent of population covered by DAWN 52%

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 (5) 650 21.6 47 1.6 3,005,026
1. New Castle County, DE*         522,094
2. Cecil County, MD 15 15.4 1 1.0 97,474
3. Burlington County, NJ*         449,148
4. Camden County, NJ*         515,381
5. Gloucester County, NJ 24 8.7 5 1.8 277,037
6. Salem County, NJ*         66,054
7. Bucks County, PA 59 9.5 13 2.1 619,772
8. Chester County, PA*         473,723
9. Delaware County, PA 90 16.2 6 1.1 554,393
10. Montgomery County, PA*         774,666
11. Philadelphia County, PA 462 31.7 22 1.5 1,456,350

Deaths by manner of death, 2005
Suicide 6.7%
Homicide 0.0%
Could not be determined 7.9%
Natural/accidental 85.4%

Place of death, 2005
Drug-related Deaths
Health care facility 194
Home 336
Public place 41
Other 76
Not documented --

Drug-related suicide Deaths
Health care facility 11
Home 33
Public place 0
Other --
Not documented 0

Top 5 drugs involved: Drug-related deaths, 2005
Drug category Single-drug deaths Multi-drug deaths Total
Opiates/opioids 16 427 443
Cocaine 48 330 378
Alcohol 0 176 176
Antidepressants 2 159 161
Benzodiazepines 2 148 150

Top 5 drugs involved: Drug-related suicide deaths, 2005
Drug category Single-drug deaths Multi-drug deaths Total
Antidepressants 2 27 29
Opiates/opioids 1 23 24
Misc. anxiolytics, sedatives, and hypnotics 0 16 16
Alcohol 0 16 16
Benzodiazepines 0 15 15

Gender and age death rates: Drug-related, 2005
Gender Deaths per 100,000 population
Male 32.0
Female 12.1

Age Deaths per 100,000 population
Under 21 3.2
21 to 34 30.3
35 to 54 43.2
55 and over 10.8

Gender and age death rates: Drug-related suicide, 2005
Gender Deaths per 100,000 population
Male 1.5
Female 1.7

Age Deaths per 100,000 population
Under 21 0.1
21 to 34 1.3
35 to 54 2.9
55 and over 1.9

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   650 77   47 4
Alcohol*   176 0   16 0
Cocaine   378 48   -- 0
Marijuana   11 0   0 0
Stimulants   17 0   0 0
Club drugs   6 --   0 0
Hallucinogens††   17 --   0 0
Inhalants   -- 0   -- 0
Antidepressants   161 --   29 --
Antipsychotics   56 0   6 0
Benzodiazepines   150 --   15 0
Misc. anxiolytics, sedatives, and hypnotics   89 0   16 0
Opiates/opioids   443 16   24 --
– Heroin (specified)   132 6   -- 0
– Methadone   124 --   5 0
– All other opiates/opioids   350 7   22 --
Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory agents   82 0   -- 0
Salicylates/combinations   -- 0   -- 0
Misc. analgesics/combinations   21 0   5 --
Anticonvulsants   51 --   4 0
Muscle relaxants   37 --   4 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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