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Los Angeles-Long Beach-Santa Ana, CA

Drug-related deaths reported to DAWN 1,270
Drug-related suicide deaths reported to DAWN 175
Metro area population, 2006 12,950,129
Population covered by DAWN 12,950,129
Percent of population covered by DAWN 100%

Metro area overview: Deaths and population by county, 2006
Metro area component Drug-related Drug-related suicide Population
Deaths Rate Deaths Rate
Total participating (2) 1,270 9.8 175 1.4 12,950,129
1. Los Angeles County, CA 1,083 10.9 111 1.1 9,948,081
2. Orange County, CA 187 6.2 64 2.1 3,002,048

Deaths by manner of death, 2006
Suicide 12.1%
Homicide 0.3%
Could not be determined 3.4%
Accidental 84.2%
Natural 0.0%

Place of death, 2006
Drug-related Deaths
Health care facility 421
Home 469
Public place 170
Other 206
Not documented 4

Drug-related suicide Deaths
Health care facility 29
Home 96
Public place 18
Other 32
Not documented 0

Top 5 drugs involved: Drug-related deaths, 2006
Drug category Single-drug deaths Multi-drug deaths Total
Opiates/opioids 99 636 735
Cocaine 129 355 484
Alcohol 4 349 353
Stimulants 37 259 296
Antidepressants 2 241 243

Top 5 drugs involved: Drug-related suicide deaths, 2006
Drug category Single-drug deaths Multi-drug deaths Total
Opiates/opioids 7 76 83
Antidepressants 1 76 77
Benzodiazepines 3 55 58
Misc. anxiolytics, sedatives, and hypnotics 2 53 55
Alcohol 0 53 53

Death rates by gender and age: Drug-related, 2006
Gender Deaths per 100,000 population
Male 13.6
Female 6.1

Age Deaths per 100,000 population
Under 21 1.0
21 to 34 8.5
35 to 54 20.7
55 and over 8.7

Death rates by gender and age: Drug-related suicide, 2006
Gender Deaths per 100,000 population
Male 1.3
Female 1.4

Age Deaths per 100,000 population
Under 21 0.1
21 to 34 1.2
35 to 54 2.4
55 and over 1.9

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   1,270 299   175 26
Alcohol*   353 4   53 0
Cocaine   484 129   21 --
Marijuana   92 18   -- 0
Stimulants   296 37   13 0
Club drugs   15 0   0 0
Hallucinogens††   17 --   0 0
Inhalants   4 --   -- --
Antidepressants   243 --   77 --
Antipsychotics   71 --   33 4
Benzodiazepines   186 0   58 --
Misc. anxiolytics, sedatives, and hypnotics   177 4   55 --
Opiates/opioids   735 99   83 7
– Heroin (specified)   238 53   4 --
– Methadone   102 8   5 0
– All other opiates/opioids   485 38   78 6
Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory agents   6 0   5 0
Salicylates/combinations   -- 0   5 0
Misc. analgesics/combinations   43 0   20 0
Anticonvulsants   29 0   16 0
Muscle relaxants   63 0   16 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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