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Denver-Aurora, CO: Arapahoe County, CO

Drug-related deaths reported to DAWN 85
Drug-related suicide deaths reported to DAWN 13
Population 545,089
Drug-related deaths per 100,000 population 15.6
Drug-related suicide deaths per 100,000 population 2.4

Drug-related deaths by drug category, 2006-2007
Drug category Drug-related Drug-related suicide
Deaths, 2006 Deaths, 2007 Single-drug
deaths, 2007
Deaths, 2006 Deaths, 2007 Single-drug
deaths, 2007
* 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 60 85 14 9 13 --
Alcohol* 17 18 0 4 7 --
Cocaine 24 30 9 0 -- --
Marijuana 0 0 0 0 0 --
Stimulants 5 -- 0 0 0 --
Club drugs 0 0 0 0 0 --
Hallucinogens†† 0 0 0 0 0 --
Inhalants 0 0 0 0 0 --
Antidepressants 15 13 0 4 7 --
Antipsychotics -- 5 0 0 -- --
Benzodiazepines 15 25 0 4 4 --
Misc. anxiolytics, sedatives, and hypnotics 8 11 0 -- -- --
– Opiates/opioids 40 58 4 -- 4 --
– Heroin (specified) 8 9 0 0 0 --
– Methadone 4 10 -- -- -- --
All other opiates/opioids 35 54 -- -- -- --
Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory agents 0 0 0 0 0 --
Salicylates/combinations 0 0 0 0 0 --
Misc. analgesics/combinations -- -- 0 0 4 --
Anticonvulsants 4 5 0 0 0 --
Muscle relaxants 5 7 0 0 0 --

Deaths by manner of death, 2007
Suicide 13.3%
Homicide 0.0%
Could not be determined 7.1%
Accidental 79.6%
Natural 0.0%

Place of death, 2007
Drug-related Deaths
Health care facility 16
Home 58
Public place 9
Other --
Not documented 0

Drug-related suicide Deaths
Health care facility --
Home 9
Public place --
Other --
Not documented 0

Death rates by gender and age: Drug-related, 2007
Gender Deaths per 100,000 population
Male 19.0
Female 12.3

Age Deaths per 100,000 population
Under 21 2.5
21 to 34 18.2
35 to 54 27.6
55 and over 13.7

Top 5 drugs involved: Drug-related deaths, 2007
Drug category Single-drug deaths Multi-drug deaths Total
Opiates/opioids 4 54 58
Cocaine 9 21 30
Benzodiazepines 0 25 25
Alcohol 0 18 18
Antidepressants 0 13 13

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, 2007 (08/2008 update).

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