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Birmingham-Hoover, AL

Drug-related deaths reported to DAWN 115
Drug-related suicide deaths reported to DAWN 9
Metro area population, 2006 1,100,019
Population covered by DAWN 656,700
Percent of population covered by DAWN 60%

Metro area overview: Deaths and population by county, 2006
Metro area component Drug-related Drug-related suicide Population
Deaths Rate Deaths Rate
* Area did not participate in DAWN this year.
Total participating (1) 115 17.5 9 1.4 656,700
1. Bibb County, AL*         21,482
2. Blount County, AL*         56,436
3. Chilton County, AL*         41,953
4. Jefferson County, AL 115 17.5 9 1.4 656,700
5. Shelby County, AL*         178,182
6. St. Clair County, AL*         75,232
7. Walker County, AL*         70,034

Deaths by manner of death, 2006
Suicide 7.3%
Homicide 0.8%
Could not be determined 4.8%
Accidental 83.9%
Natural 3.2%

Place of death, 2006
Drug-related Deaths
Health care facility 22
Home 63
Public place 15
Other 15
Not documented 0

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

Top 5 drugs involved: Drug-related deaths, 2006
Drug category Single-drug deaths Multi-drug deaths Total
Opiates/opioids 4 66 70
Cocaine 16 48 64
Benzodiazepines 0 29 29
Antidepressants 0 29 29
Alcohol 0 29 29

Top 5 drugs involved: Drug-related suicide deaths, 2006
Drug category Single-drug deaths Multi-drug deaths Total
Benzodiazepines 0 7 7
Opiates/opioids 0 6 6
Antidepressants 0 6 6

Death rates by gender and age: Drug-related, 2006
Gender Deaths per 100,000 population
Male 24.1
Female 11.6

Age Deaths per 100,000 population
Under 21 1.6
21 to 34 29.3
35 to 54 36.2
55 and over 5.0

Death rates by gender and age: Drug-related suicide, 2006
Gender Deaths per 100,000 population
Male 1.0
Female 1.7

Age Deaths per 100,000 population
Under 21 0.0
21 to 34 0.9
35 to 54 3.1
55 and over 1.2

Drug-related deaths by drug category, 2005-2006
Drug category Drug-related Drug-related suicide
Deaths, 2005 Deaths, 2006 Single-drug deaths, 2006 Deaths, 2005 Deaths, 2006 Single-drug deaths, 2006
* 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 76 115 20 5 9 0
Alcohol* 12 29 0 -- --  
Cocaine 43 64 16 -- --  
Marijuana -- -- 0 0 0  
Stimulants 4 -- 0 0 0  
Club drugs -- -- 0 0 0  
Hallucinogens†† 0 0 0 0 0  
Inhalants 0 0 0 0 0  
Antidepressants 28 29 0 -- 6  
Antipsychotics 7 5 0 -- --  
Benzodiazepines 38 29 0 -- 7  
Misc. anxiolytics, sedatives, and hypnotics 18 10 0 -- --  
Opiates/opioids 61 70 4 -- 6  
– Heroin (specified) -- 4 0 0 0  
– Methadone 41 40 -- 0 0  
– All other opiates/opioids 26 47 -- -- 6  
Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory agents 0 0 0 0 0  
Salicylates/combinations -- 0 0 0 0  
Misc. analgesics/combinations -- 6 0 -- --  
Anticonvulsants -- -- 0 0 0  
Muscle relaxants -- -- 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, 2006 (08/2008 update).

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