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Denver-Aurora, CO: Denver County, CO

Drug-related deaths reported to DAWN 173
Drug-related suicide deaths reported to DAWN 29
Population 588,349
Drug-related deaths per 100,000 population 29.4
Drug-related suicide deaths per 100,000 population 4.9

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 156 173 48 16 29 5
Alcohol* 76 50 0 7 11 0
Cocaine 84 73 27 -- 5 --
Marijuana 8 6 0 -- -- 0
Stimulants 11 14 0 -- -- 0
Club drugs -- -- 0 0 0 0
Hallucinogens†† 0 0 0 0 0 0
Inhalants 0 -- -- -- 0 0
Antidepressants 17 28 0 5 8 0
Antipsychotics -- 5 0 -- -- --
Benzodiazepines 18 33 0 -- 6 --
Misc. anxiolytics, sedatives, and hypnotics 4 16 0 -- 5 0
– Opiates/opioids 107 111 16 6 13 --
– Heroin (specified) 7 15 4 -- 0 0
– Methadone 16 15 -- 0 0 0
All other opiates/opioids 89 91 10 5 13 --
Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory agents -- 0 0 0 0 0
Salicylates/combinations 0 -- -- 0 -- 0
Misc. analgesics/combinations 8 10 -- -- 6 0
Anticonvulsants -- 5 0 -- -- 0
Muscle relaxants -- 8 0 0 0 0

Deaths by manner of death, 2007
Suicide 14.4%
Homicide 0.0%
Could not be determined 13.9%
Accidental 68.8%
Natural 3.0%

Place of death, 2007
Drug-related Deaths
Health care facility 50
Home 91
Public place --
Other 31
Not documented 0

Drug-related suicide Deaths
Health care facility 5
Home 18
Public place 0
Other 6
Not documented 0

Death rates by gender and age: Drug-related, 2007
Gender Deaths per 100,000 population
Male 41.4
Female 17.0

Age Deaths per 100,000 population
Under 21 0.6
21 to 34 24.1
35 to 54 60.2
55 and over 28.4

Top 5 drugs involved: Drug-related deaths, 2007
Drug category Single-drug deaths Multi-drug deaths Total
Opiates/opioids 16 95 111
Cocaine 27 46 73
Alcohol 0 50 50
Benzodiazepines 0 33 33
Antidepressants 0 28 28

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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