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Los Angeles-Long Beach-Santa Ana, CA

Drug-related deaths reported to DAWN 980
Drug-related suicide deaths reported to DAWN 142
Metro area population, 2007 12,875,587
Population covered by DAWN 9,878,554
Percent of population covered by DAWN 77%

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 (1) 980 9.9 142 1.4 9,878,554
1. Los Angeles County, CA 980 9.9 142 1.4 9,878,554
2. Orange County, CA*         2,997,033

Deaths by manner of death, 2007
Suicide 12.7%
Homicide 0.4%
Could not be determined 2.0%
Accidental 85.0%
Natural 0.0%

Place of death, 2007
Drug-related Deaths
Health care facility 263
Home 391
Public place 140
Other 184
Not documented --

Drug-related suicide Deaths
Health care facility 17
Home 85
Public place 13
Other 27
Not documented 0

Top 5 drugs involved: Drug-related deaths, 2007
Drug category Single-drug deaths Multi-drug deaths Total
Opiates/opioids 93 434 527
Cocaine 140 243 383
Alcohol 11 294 305
Stimulants 20 193 213
Antidepressants 2 143 145

Top 5 drugs involved: Drug-related suicide deaths, 2007
Drug category Single-drug deaths Multi-drug deaths Total
Alcohol 1 59 60
Antidepressants 6 52 58
Opiates/opioids 4 47 51
Misc. anxiolytics, sedatives, and hypnotics 2 38 40
Benzodiazepines 0 34 34

Death rates by gender and age: Drug-related, 2007
Gender Deaths per 100,000 population
Male 14.8
Female 5.1

Age Deaths per 100,000 population
Under 21 1.2
21 to 34 8.0
35 to 54 20.4
55 and over 9.8

Death rates by gender and age: Drug-related suicide, 2007
Gender Deaths per 100,000 population
Male 1.7
Female 1.1

Age Deaths per 100,000 population
Under 21 0.2
21 to 34 2.0
35 to 54 2.0
55 and over 2.0

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 1,083 980 282 111 142 23
Alcohol* 306 305 11 34 60 --
Cocaine 458 383 140 19 15 --
Marijuana 79 37 -- 0 -- 0
Stimulants 266 213 20 8 19 0
Club drugs 14 7 0 0 0 0
Hallucinogens†† 17 11 -- 0 -- --
Inhalants 4 6 -- -- 8 --
Antidepressants 205 145 -- 58 58 6
Antipsychotics 57 52 -- 22 20 --
Benzodiazepines 145 122 -- 38 34 0
Misc. anxiolytics, sedatives, and hypnotics 146 113 -- 38 40 --
Opiates/opioids 597 527 93 50 51 4
– Heroin (specified) 238 182 54 4 0 0
– Methadone 79 79 16 4 9 --
– All other opiates/opioids 359 324 23 46 44 --
Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory agents 5 7 0 5 -- 0
Salicylates/combinations -- -- -- -- 4 --
Misc. analgesics/combinations 38 22 -- 13 8 --
Anticonvulsants 27 26 0 11 10 0
Muscle relaxants 48 49 0 9 9 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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