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Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA

Drug-related deaths reported to DAWN 508
Drug-related suicide deaths reported to DAWN 103
Metro area population, 2006 3,263,497
Population covered by DAWN 3,263,497
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 (3) 508 15.6 103 3.2 3,263,497
1. King County, WA 336 18.4 81 4.4 1,826,732
2. Pierce County, WA 87 11.3 11 1.4 766,878
3. Snohomish County, WA 85 12.7 11 1.6 669,887

Deaths by manner of death, 2006
Suicide 16.9%
Homicide 0.5%
Could not be determined 3.1%
Accidental 77.9%
Natural 1.6%

Place of death, 2006
Drug-related Deaths
Health care facility 138
Home 264
Public place 45
Other 61
Not documented 0

Drug-related suicide Deaths
Health care facility 14
Home 70
Public place 12
Other 7
Not documented 0

Top 5 drugs involved: Drug-related deaths, 2006
Drug category Single-drug deaths Multi-drug deaths Total
Opiates/opioids 37 290 327
Cocaine 51 120 171
Antidepressants 0 138 138
Alcohol 10 103 113
Benzodiazepines 1 91 92

Top 5 drugs involved: Drug-related suicide deaths, 2006
Drug category Single-drug deaths Multi-drug deaths Total
Alcohol 1 53 54
Opiates/opioids 2 34 36
Antidepressants 0 35 35
Misc. anxiolytics, sedatives, and hypnotics 3 24 27
Benzodiazepines 0 27 27

Death rates by gender and age: Drug-related, 2006
Gender Deaths per 100,000 population
Male 19.9
Female 11.3

Age Deaths per 100,000 population
Under 21 4.0
21 to 34 14.9
35 to 54 26.6
55 and over 14.1

Death rates by gender and age: Drug-related suicide, 2006
Gender Deaths per 100,000 population
Male 3.9
Female 2.5

Age Deaths per 100,000 population
Under 21 0.8
21 to 34 5.1
35 to 54 4.3
55 and over 2.7

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   508 147   103 17
Alcohol*   113 10   54 --
Cocaine   171 51   19 4
Marijuana   27 --   12 0
Stimulants   52 14   12 4
Club drugs   5 0   4 0
Hallucinogens††   0 0   0 0
Inhalants   7 --   -- 0
Antidepressants   138 0   35 0
Antipsychotics   10 0   5 0
Benzodiazepines   92 --   27 0
Misc. anxiolytics, sedatives, and hypnotics   64 0   27 --
Opiates/opioids   327 37   36 --
– Heroin (specified)   66 13   -- --
– Methadone   171 19   7 0
– All other opiates/opioids   158 5   29 --
Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory agents   4 0   -- 0
Salicylates/combinations   -- 0   -- 0
Misc. analgesics/combinations   43 --   16 --
Anticonvulsants   30 0   6 0
Muscle relaxants   26 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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