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Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, AZ

Drug-related deaths reported to DAWN 506
Drug-related suicide deaths reported to DAWN 89
Metro area population, 2005 3,878,525
Population covered by DAWN 3,638,481
Percent of population covered by DAWN 94%

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) 506 13.9 89 2.4 3,638,481
1. Maricopa County, AZ 506 13.9 89 2.4 3,638,481
2. Pinal County, AZ*         240,044

Deaths by manner of death, 2005
Suicide 15.0%
Homicide 0.2%
Could not be determined 9.2%
Natural/accidental 75.6%

Place of death, 2005
Drug-related Deaths
Health care facility 182
Home 221
Public place 40
Other 63
Not documented 0

Drug-related suicide Deaths
Health care facility 20
Home 58
Public place --
Other 10
Not documented 0

Top 5 drugs involved: Drug-related deaths, 2005
Drug category Single-drug deaths Multi-drug deaths Total
Opiates/opioids 66 228 294
Alcohol 9 149 158
Cocaine 41 104 145
Stimulants 63 76 139
Benzodiazepines 0 59 59

Top 5 drugs involved: Drug-related suicide deaths, 2005
Drug category Single-drug deaths Multi-drug deaths Total
Opiates/opioids 11 20 31
Alcohol 3 28 31
Antidepressants 3 17 20
Benzodiazepines 1 18 19
Misc. anxiolytics, sedatives, and hypnotics 3 12 15

Gender and age death rates: Drug-related, 2005
Gender Deaths per 100,000 population
Male 18.9
Female 8.9

Age Deaths per 100,000 population
Under 21 2.8
21 to 34 11.8
35 to 54 32.3
55 and over 8.2

Gender and age death rates: Drug-related suicide, 2005
Gender Deaths per 100,000 population
Male 2.8
Female 2.1

Age Deaths per 100,000 population
Under 21 0.7
21 to 34 2.5
35 to 54 3.8
55 and over 3.2

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 396 506 197 67 89 39
Alcohol* 100 158 9 10 31 --
Cocaine 130 145 41 -- 10 --
Marijuana 7 4 0 0 0 0
Stimulants 86 139 63 4 14 10
Club drugs 0 -- 0 0 0 0
Hallucinogens†† -- -- -- 0 0 0
Inhalants -- -- -- 0 -- 0
Antidepressants 39 58 7 25 20 --
Antipsychotics 5 25 -- -- 8 --
Benzodiazepines 53 59 0 15 19 --
Misc. anxiolytics, sedatives, and hypnotics 17 32 -- 14 15 --
Opiates/opioids 265 294 66 32 31 11
– Heroin (specified) 65 39 11 -- -- 0
– Methadone 64 96 17 5 6 --
– All other opiates/opioids 168 208 38 26 26 8
Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory agents 0 0 0 0 -- 0
Salicylates/combinations 0 -- 0 -- 0 0
Misc. analgesics/combinations 16 13 -- 10 5 --
Anticonvulsants -- -- 0 -- -- 0
Muscle relaxants 12 18 -- -- 5 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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