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Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, AZ

Drug-related deaths reported to DAWN 668
Drug-related suicide deaths reported to DAWN 173
Metro area population, 2007 4,179,427
Population covered by DAWN 3,880,181
Percent of population covered by DAWN 93%

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) 668 17.2 173 4.5 3,880,181
1. Maricopa County, AZ 668 17.2 173 4.5 3,880,181
2. Pinal County, AZ*         299,246

Deaths by manner of death, 2007
Suicide 20.6%
Homicide 0.0%
Could not be determined 7.3%
Accidental 65.6%
Natural 6.5%

Place of death, 2007
Drug-related Deaths
Health care facility 239
Home 290
Public place 70
Other 68
Not documented --

Drug-related suicide Deaths
Health care facility 26
Home 108
Public place 18
Other 20
Not documented --

Top 5 drugs involved: Drug-related deaths, 2007
Drug category Single-drug deaths Multi-drug deaths Total
Opiates/opioids 72 304 376
Alcohol 5 237 242
Cocaine 50 131 181
Stimulants 79 99 178
Antidepressants 9 75 84

Top 5 drugs involved: Drug-related suicide deaths, 2007
Drug category Single-drug deaths Multi-drug deaths Total
Alcohol 2 76 78
Opiates/opioids 10 52 62
Antidepressants 3 40 43
Benzodiazepines 2 27 29
Stimulants 11 16 27

Death rates by gender and age: Drug-related, 2007
Gender Deaths per 100,000 population
Male 24.8
Female 9.6

Age Deaths per 100,000 population
Under 21 3.3
21 to 34 16.9
35 to 54 37.2
55 and over 11.8

Death rates by gender and age: Drug-related suicide, 2007
Gender Deaths per 100,000 population
Male 5.1
Female 3.8

Age Deaths per 100,000 population
Under 21 1.0
21 to 34 6.2
35 to 54 6.4
55 and over 5.4

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 637 668 231 127 173 49
Alcohol* 242 242 5 51 78 --
Cocaine 214 181 50 15 27 --
Marijuana 7 -- 0 -- -- 0
Stimulants 184 178 79 29 27 11
Club drugs 7 6 0 0 -- 0
Hallucinogens†† 4 7 0 -- -- 0
Inhalants -- 6 -- -- 7 5
Antidepressants 50 84 9 28 43 --
Antipsychotics 22 27 -- 6 17 --
Benzodiazepines 60 66 -- 14 29 --
Misc. anxiolytics, sedatives, and hypnotics 30 38 0 20 25 --
Opiates/opioids 360 376 72 40 62 10
– Heroin (specified) 69 75 18 0 -- --
– Methadone 87 75 11 6 7 --
– All other opiates/opioids 248 263 43 34 57 7
Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory agents 0 -- 0 0 -- 0
Salicylates/combinations 0 0 0 0 4 --
Misc. analgesics/combinations 16 15 4 14 15 --
Anticonvulsants 4 -- 0 -- 4 0
Muscle relaxants 15 20 0 4 10 --

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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