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Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington, PA-NJ-DE-MD

Drug-related deaths reported to DAWN 659
Drug-related suicide deaths reported to DAWN 50
Metro area population, 2007 5,827,962
Population covered by DAWN 3,501,044
Percent of population covered by DAWN 60%

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 (5) 659 18.8 50 1.4 3,501,044
1. New Castle County, DE*         528,218
2. Cecil County, MD 24 24.1 3 3.0 99,695
3. Burlington County, NJ*         446,817
4. Camden County, NJ*         513,769
5. Gloucester County, NJ*         285,753
6. Salem County, NJ*         66,016
7. Bucks County, PA 66 10.6 5 0.8 621,144
8. Chester County, PA*         486,345
9. Delaware County, PA 82 14.8 24 4.3 554,399
10. Montgomery County, PA 70 9.0 10 1.3 776,172
11. Philadelphia County, PA 417 28.8 8 0.6 1,449,634

Deaths by manner of death, 2007
Suicide 7.1%
Homicide 0.1%
Could not be determined 6.8%
Accidental 85.8%
Natural 0.3%

Place of death, 2007
Drug-related Deaths
Health care facility 198
Home 335
Public place 30
Other 92
Not documented 4

Drug-related suicide Deaths
Health care facility 8
Home 38
Public place 0
Other 4
Not documented 0

Top 5 drugs involved: Drug-related deaths, 2007
Drug category Single-drug deaths Multi-drug deaths Total
Opiates/opioids 37 440 477
Cocaine 42 315 357
Benzodiazepines 3 191 194
Alcohol 1 177 178
Antidepressants 1 145 146

Top 5 drugs involved: Drug-related suicide deaths, 2007
Drug category Single-drug deaths Multi-drug deaths Total
Alcohol 0 22 22
Antidepressants 1 19 20
Opiates/opioids 1 18 19
Benzodiazepines 1 16 17
Miscellaneous analgesics/combinations 0 12 12

Death rates by gender and age: Drug-related, 2007
Gender Deaths per 100,000 population
Male 27.8
Female 10.6

Age Deaths per 100,000 population
Under 21 2.9
21 to 34 30.9
35 to 54 36.4
55 and over 7.8

Death rates by gender and age: Drug-related suicide, 2007
Gender Deaths per 100,000 population
Male 1.4
Female 1.4

Age Deaths per 100,000 population
Under 21 0.2
21 to 34 1.2
35 to 54 2.4
55 and over 1.9

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 911 659 93 42 50 10
Alcohol* 265 178 -- 20 22 0
Cocaine 552 357 42 8 7 --
Marijuana 25 14 0 0 -- 0
Stimulants 23 16 -- -- 0 0
Club drugs 6 -- 0 -- 0 0
Hallucinogens†† 37 23 0 0 0 0
Inhalants -- 0 0 -- 5 --
Antidepressants 207 146 -- 20 20 --
Antipsychotics 51 41 -- 5 6 0
Benzodiazepines 278 194 -- 10 17 --
Misc. anxiolytics, sedatives, and hypnotics 181 138 -- 10 12 --
Opiates/opioids 684 477 37 21 19 --
– Heroin (specified) 212 157 9 0 0 0
– Methadone 151 142 14 -- -- 0
– All other opiates/opioids 598 357 14 19 18 --
Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory agents 98 71 0 -- -- 0
Salicylates/combinations 0 -- 0 0 0 0
Misc. analgesics/combinations 39 36 -- 6 12 0
Anticonvulsants 50 34 0 -- 7 0
Muscle relaxants 46 34 0 4 -- 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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