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Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA

Drug-related deaths reported to DAWN 364
Drug-related suicide deaths reported to DAWN 60
Metro area population, 2005 3,207,892
Population covered by DAWN 2,454,683
Percent of population covered by DAWN 77%

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 (2) 364 14.8 60 2.4 2,454,683
1. King County, WA 301 16.7 51 2.8 1,799,119
2. Pierce County, WA*         753,209
3. Snohomish County, WA 63 9.6 9 1.4 655,564

Deaths by manner of death, 2005
Suicide 14.2%
Homicide 0.0%
Could not be determined 3.8%
Natural/accidental 82.1%

Place of death, 2005
Drug-related Deaths
Health care facility 103
Home 174
Public place 45
Other 42
Not documented 0

Drug-related suicide Deaths
Health care facility 6
Home 41
Public place 7
Other 6
Not documented 0

Top 5 drugs involved: Drug-related deaths, 2005
Drug category Single-drug deaths Multi-drug deaths Total
Opiates/opioids 36 205 241
Cocaine 23 81 104
Antidepressants 1 90 91
Alcohol 0 87 87
Benzodiazepines 0 65 65

Top 5 drugs involved: Drug-related suicide deaths, 2005
Drug category Single-drug deaths Multi-drug deaths Total
Antidepressants 0 27 27
Opiates/opioids 2 23 25
Alcohol 0 19 19
Misc. anxiolytics, sedatives, and hypnotics 2 11 13
Benzodiazepines 0 11 11

Gender and age death rates: Drug-related, 2005
Gender Deaths per 100,000 population
Male 20.6
Female 9.0

Age Deaths per 100,000 population
Under 21 0.9
21 to 34 17.0
35 to 54 25.2
55 and over 14.1

Gender and age death rates: Drug-related suicide, 2005
Gender Deaths per 100,000 population
Male 3.1
Female 1.8

Age Deaths per 100,000 population
Under 21 0.3
21 to 34 2.1
35 to 54 4.2
55 and over 2.7

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 377 364 115 52 60 15
Alcohol* 89 87 0 15 19 0
Cocaine 116 104 23 4 6 --
Marijuana 5 8 0 -- -- 0
Stimulants 31 36 15 -- 6 5
Club drugs -- 5 0 0 0 0
Hallucinogens†† -- -- 0 0 0 0
Inhalants -- -- 0 -- -- --
Antidepressants 101 91 -- 27 27 0
Antipsychotics 8 6 0 -- -- --
Benzodiazepines 60 65 0 9 11 0
Misc. anxiolytics, sedatives, and hypnotics 43 43 0 16 13 --
Opiates/opioids 241 241 36 18 25 --
– Heroin (specified) 43 66 15 -- -- --
– Methadone 100 114 13 -- 5 0
– All other opiates/opioids 132 108 8 16 19 --
Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory agents -- -- -- -- -- 0
Salicylates/combinations -- 4 -- 4 -- --
Misc. analgesics/combinations 22 11 -- 9 5 0
Anticonvulsants 23 21 0 6 8 0
Muscle relaxants 19 20 0 -- 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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