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Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, AZ

Drug-related deaths reported to DAWN 637
Drug-related suicide deaths reported to DAWN 127
Metro area population, 2006 4,039,182
Population covered by DAWN 3,768,123
Percent of population covered by DAWN 93%

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) 637 16.9 127 3.4 3,768,123
1. Maricopa County, AZ 637 16.9 127 3.4 3,768,123
2. Pinal County, AZ*         271,059

Deaths by manner of death, 2006
Suicide 16.6%
Homicide 0.3%
Could not be determined 7.9%
Accidental 69.8%
Natural 5.5%

Place of death, 2006
Drug-related Deaths
Health care facility 232
Home 266
Public place 67
Other 71
Not documented --

Drug-related suicide Deaths
Health care facility 30
Home 75
Public place 7
Other 14
Not documented --

Top 5 drugs involved: Drug-related deaths, 2006
Drug category Single-drug deaths Multi-drug deaths Total
Opiates/opioids 72 288 360
Alcohol 13 229 242
Cocaine 51 163 214
Stimulants 67 117 184
Benzodiazepines 1 59 60

Top 5 drugs involved: Drug-related suicide deaths, 2006
Drug category Single-drug deaths Multi-drug deaths Total
Alcohol 0 51 51
Opiates/opioids 9 31 40
Stimulants 12 17 29
Antidepressants 4 24 28
Misc. anxiolytics, sedatives, and hypnotics 3 17 20

Death rates by gender and age: Drug-related, 2006
Gender Deaths per 100,000 population
Male 23.3
Female 10.4

Age Deaths per 100,000 population
Under 21 2.9
21 to 34 16.0
35 to 54 37.2
55 and over 11.9

Death rates by gender and age: Drug-related suicide, 2006
Gender Deaths per 100,000 population
Male 3.7
Female 3.0

Age Deaths per 100,000 population
Under 21 0.6
21 to 34 4.2
35 to 54 5.8
55 and over 3.5

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 506 637 226 89 127 44
Alcohol* 158 242 13 31 51 0
Cocaine 145 214 51 10 15 --
Marijuana 4 7 0 0 -- 0
Stimulants 139 184 67 14 29 12
Club drugs -- 7 -- 0 0 0
Hallucinogens†† -- 4 0 0 -- 0
Inhalants -- -- -- -- -- --
Antidepressants 58 50 5 20 28 4
Antipsychotics 25 22 -- 8 6 0
Benzodiazepines 59 60 -- 19 14 --
Misc. anxiolytics, sedatives, and hypnotics 32 30 0 15 20 --
Opiates/opioids 294 360 72 31 40 9
– Heroin (specified) 39 69 16 -- 0 0
– Methadone 96 87 15 6 6 --
– All other opiates/opioids 208 248 41 26 34 8
Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory agents 0 0 0 -- 0 0
Salicylates/combinations -- 0 0 0 0 0
Misc. analgesics/combinations 13 16 -- 5 14 --
Anticonvulsants -- 4 -- -- -- --
Muscle relaxants 18 15 -- 5 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, 2006 (08/2008 update).

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