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Denver-Aurora, CO

Drug-related deaths reported to DAWN 349
Drug-related suicide deaths reported to DAWN 86
Metro area population, 2007 2,464,866
Population covered by DAWN 2,380,124
Percent of population covered by DAWN 97%

Metro area overview: Deaths and population by county, 2007
Metro area component Drug-related Drug-related suicide Population
Deaths Rate Deaths Rate
* Area did not participate in DAWN this year.
Total participating (6) 349 14.7 86 3.6 2,380,124
1. Adams County, CO 48 11.4 16 3.8 422,495
2. Arapahoe County, CO 85 15.6 13 2.4 545,089
3. Broomfield County, CO*         53,691
4. Clear Creek County, CO*         8,956
5. Denver County, CO 173 29.4 29 4.9 588,349
6. Douglas County, CO 12 4.4 5 1.8 272,117
7. Elbert County, CO 1 4.4 1 4.4 22,720
8. Gilpin County, CO*         5,091
9. Jefferson County, CO 30 5.7 22 4.2 529,354
10. Park County, CO*         17,004

Deaths by manner of death, 2007
Suicide 19.8%
Homicide 0.0%
Could not be determined 9.7%
Accidental 69.2%
Natural 1.4%

Place of death, 2007
Drug-related Deaths
Health care facility 84
Home 206
Public place 17
Other 42
Not documented 0

Drug-related suicide Deaths
Health care facility 16
Home 58
Public place --
Other 10
Not documented 0

Top 5 drugs involved: Drug-related deaths, 2007
Drug category Single-drug deaths Multi-drug deaths Total
Opiates/opioids 28 209 237
Cocaine 44 89 133
Alcohol 0 94 94
Benzodiazepines 0 79 79
Antidepressants 2 59 61

Top 5 drugs involved: Drug-related suicide deaths, 2007
Drug category Single-drug deaths Multi-drug deaths Total
Opiates/opioids 6 36 42
Alcohol 0 35 35
Antidepressants 2 29 31
Benzodiazepines 1 18 19
Miscellaneous analgesics/combinations 2 16 18

Death rates by gender and age: Drug-related, 2007
Gender Deaths per 100,000 population
Male 19.1
Female 10.2

Age Deaths per 100,000 population
Under 21 1.2
21 to 34 15.4
35 to 54 28.7
55 and over 11.8

Death rates by gender and age: Drug-related suicide, 2007
Gender Deaths per 100,000 population
Male 3.0
Female 4.2

Age Deaths per 100,000 population
Under 21 0.3
21 to 34 2.9
35 to 54 6.7
55 and over 4.4

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 325 349 82 55 86 16
Alcohol* 125 94 0 20 35 0
Cocaine 141 133 44 -- 9 --
Marijuana 10 12 0 -- -- 0
Stimulants 24 24 0 -- -- 0
Club drugs -- -- 0 0 0 0
Hallucinogens†† 0 0 0 0 0 0
Inhalants -- -- -- -- -- 0
Antidepressants 52 61 -- 23 31 --
Antipsychotics 9 10 0 -- 10 --
Benzodiazepines 50 79 0 13 19 --
Misc. anxiolytics, sedatives, and hypnotics 14 35 0 16 16 --
Opiates/opioids 218 237 28 19 42 6
– Heroin (specified) 23 37 4 -- 0 0
– Methadone 40 36 5 -- 4 0
– All other opiates/opioids 171 202 19 15 38 6
Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory agents -- 0 0 0 -- 0
Salicylates/combinations 0 -- -- 0 -- 0
Misc. analgesics/combinations 17 17 -- 9 18 --
Anticonvulsants 7 11 0 -- -- 0
Muscle relaxants 10 20 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, 2007 (08/2008 update).

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