Table 1. Description of Decedents and Deaths Due to Narcotics, Psychodysleptics, or Other Unspecified Drugs, Utah, 1999-2004

All Decedents
(N=76252)

All Poisonings
(N=1920)

Intentional
Poisonings
(N=201)

Accidental
Poisonings
(N=251)

Unknown
Intent
Poisonings
(N=967)

Age categories, n (%)

 

 

 

 

 

   ≤ 20

3040 (4.0%)

223 (11.6%)

8 (4.0%)

10 (4.0%)

51 (5.3%)

   ≥ 21 and ≤ 40

4339 (5.7%)

810 (42.2%)

83 (41.3%)

118 (47.0%)

494 (51.1%)

   ≥ 41 and ≤ 60

10356 (13.6%)

619 (32.2%)

91 (45.3%)

109 (43.4%)

410 (42.4%)

   ≥ 61

58250 (76.4%)

260 (13.5%)

18 (9.0%)

9 (3.6%)

10 (1.0%)

   Missing

267 (0.4%)

8 (0.4%)

1 (0.5%)

5 (2.0%)

2 (0.2%)

 

 

 

 

 

 

Gender, n (%)

 

 

 

 

 

  Male

38396 (50.4%)

1557 (81.1%)

95 (47.3%)

167 (66.5%)

649 (67.1%)

 

 

 

 

 

 

Marital Status, n (%)

 

 

 

 

 

  Single

7795 (10.2%)

648 (33.8%)

49 (24.4%)

71 (28.3%)

333 (34.4%)

  Married

32805 (43.0%)

698 (36.4%)

77 (38.3%)

109 (43.4%)

317 (32.8%)

  Divorced

8402 (11.0%)

454 (23.6%)

62 (30.8%)

59 (23.5%)

278 (28.7%)

  Widowed

27016 (35.4%)

111 (5.8%)

12 (6.0%)

8 (3.2%)

21 (2.2%)

  Other

32 (0.0%)

 

 

 

6 (0.6%)

  Missing

202 (0.3%)

9 (0.5%)

1 (0.5%)

4 (1.6%)

12 (1.2%)

 

 

 

 

 

 

Race, n (%)

 

 

 

 

 

  White

73888 (96.9%)

1848 (96.3%)

196 (97.5%)

237 (94.4%)

928 (96.0%)

  Non-white

2364 (3.1%)

72 (3.8%)

5 (2.5%)

14 (5.6%)

39 (4.0%)

 

 

 

 

 

 

Geography, n (%)

 

 

 

 

 

  Frontier

3523 (4.6%)

91 (4.7%)

5 (2.5%)

11 (4.4%)

21 (2.2%)

  Rural

10014 (13.1%)

242 (12.6%)

18 (9.0%)

35 (13.9%)

79 (8.2%)

  Urban

48745 (63.9%)

1244 (64.8%)

140 (69.7%)

168 (66.9%)

730 (75.5%)

  Missing

13970 (18.3%)

343 (17.9%)

38 (18.9%)

37 (14.7%)

137 (14.2%)

 

 

Table 2. Evidence of Prior Opioid Prescription Among Drug Poisoning Decedents of Accidental or Unknown Intent, Utah, 1999-2004

Accidental Poisonings

Unknown Intent Poisonings

 

Evidence
Opioid Rx
(N=185)

No Evidence
Opioid Rx
(N=66)

Evidence
Opioid Rx
(N=729)

No Evidence
Opioid Rx
(N=238)

Age categories, n (%)

 

 

 

 

   ≤ 20

5 (2.7%)

5 (7.6%)

36 (4.9%)

15 (6.3%)

   ≥ 21 and ≤ 40

92 (49.7%)

26 (39.4%)

359 (49.2%)

135 (56.7%)

   ≥ 41 and ≤ 60

83 (44.9%)

26 (39.4%)

325 (44.6%)

85 (35.7%)

   ≥ 61

5 (2.7%)

4 (6.1%)

9 (1.2%)

1 (0.4%)

   Missing

 

5 (7.6%)

 

2 (0.8%)

 

 

 

 

 

Gender, n (%)

 

 

 

 

  Male

124 (67.0%)

43 (65.2%)

456 (62.6%)

193 (81.1%)

 

 

 

 

 

Marital Status, n (%)

 

 

 

 

  Single

50 (27.0%)

21 (31.8%)

225 (30.9%)

108 (45.4%)

  Married

83 (44.9%)

26 (39.4%)

260 (35.7%)

57 (23.9%)

  Divorced

46 (24.9%)

13 (19.7%)

220 (30.2%)

58 (24.4%)

  Widowed

5 (2.7%)

3 (4.5%)

16 (2.2%)

5 (2.1%)

  Other

 

 

2 (0.3%)

4 (1.7%)

  Missing

1 (0.5%)

3 (4.5%)

6 (0.8%)

6 (2.5%)

 

 

 

 

 

Race, n (%)

 

 

 

 

  White

176 (95.1%)

61 (92.4%)

708 (97.1%)

220 (92.4%)

  Non-white

9 (4.9%)

5 (7.6%)

21 (2.9%)

18 (7.6%)

 

 

 

 

 

Geography, n (%)

 

 

 

 

  Frontier

7 (3.8%)

4 (6.1%)

17 (2.3%)

4 (1.7%)

  Rural

23 (12.4%)

12 (18.2%)

66 (9.1%)

13 (5.5%)

  Urban

127 (68.6%)

41 (62.1%)

534 (73.3%)

196 (82.4%)

  Missing

28 (15.1%)

9 (13.6%)

112 (15.4%)

25 (10.5%)

 

Table 3. Recency of Evidence for Opioid Prescription Among Utah Drug Poisoning Decedents of Accidental and Unknown Intent, 1999-2004

Accidental Poisonings (Evidence of Opioid Rx)

Unknown Intent Poisonings (Evidence of Opioid Rx)

 

Opioid Rx
(N=185)

Opioid Rx
Time of Death
(N=78)

Opioid Rx
Time of Death
30 Days
(N=101)

Opioid Rx
Time of Death
60 Days
(N=106)

Opioid Rx
Time of Death
90 Days
(N=114)

Opioid Rx
(N=729)

Opioid Rx
Time of Death
(N=308)

Opioid Rx
Time of Death
30 Days
(N=393)

Opioid Rx
Time of Death
60 Days
(N=427)

Opioid Rx
Time of Death
90 Days
(N=453)

Age categories, n (%)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

   ≤ 20

5 (2.7%)

 

 

 

1 (0.9%)

36 (4.9%)

7 (2.3%)

13 (3.3%)

13 (3.0%)

13 (2.9%)

   ≥ 21 and ≤ 40

92 (49.7%)

37 (47.4%)

49 (48.5%)

53 (50.0%)

57 (50.0%)

359 (49.2%)

133 (43.2%)

177 (45.0%)

198 (46.4%)

210 (46.4%)

   ≥ 41 and ≤ 60

83 (44.9%)

41 (52.6%)

50 (49.5%)

50 (47.2%)

53 (46.5%)

325 (44.6%)

163 (52.9%)

196 (49.9%)

209 (48.9%)

223 (49.2%)

   ≥ 61

5 (2.7%)

 

2 (2.0%)

3 (2.8%)

3 (2.6%)

9 (1.2%)

5 (1.6%)

7 (1.8%)

7 (1.6%)

7 (1.5%)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Gender, n (%)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  Male

124 (67.0%)

44 (56.4%)

59 (58.4%)

64 (60.4%)

70 (61.4%)

456 (62.6%)

158 (51.3%)

206 (52.4%)

223 (52.2%)

242 (53.4%)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Marital Status, n (%)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  Single

50 (27.0%)

15 (19.2%)

20 (19.8%)

21 (19.8%)

24 (21.1%)

225 (30.9%)

69 (22.4%)

91 (23.2%)

103 (24.1%)

113 (24.9%)

  Married

83 (44.9%)

47 (60.3%)

55 (54.5%)

57 (53.8%)

61 (53.5%)

260 (35.7%)

138 (44.8%)

171 (43.5%)

176 (41.2%)

183 (40.4%)

  Divorced

46 (24.9%)

15 (19.2%)

23 (22.8%)

25 (23.6%)

26 (22.8%)

220 (30.2%)

90 (29.2%)

117 (29.8%)

131 (30.7%)

140 (30.9%)

  Widowed

5 (2.7%)

1 (1.3%)

3 (3.0%)

3 (2.8%)

3 (2.6%)

16 (2.2%)

10 (3.2%)

12 (3.1%)

13 (3.0%)

13 (2.9%)

  Other

 

 

 

 

 

2 (0.3%)

 

 

 

 

  Missing

1 (0.5%)

 

 

 

 

6 (0.8%)

1 (0.3%)

2 (0.5%)

4 (0.9%)

4 (0.9%)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Race, n (%)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  White

176 (95.1%)

76 (97.4%)

98 (97.0%)

103 (97.2%)

111 (97.4%)

708 (97.1%)

302 (98.1%)

386 (98.2%)

419 (98.1%)

443 (97.8%)

  Non-white

9 (4.9%)

2 (2.6%)

3 (3.0%)

3 (2.8%)

3 (2.6%)

21 (2.9%)

6 (1.9%)

7 (1.8%)

8 (1.9%)

10 (2.2%)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Geography, n (%)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  Frontier

7 (3.8%)

3 (3.8%)

4 (4.0%)

4 (3.8%)

5 (4.4%)

17 (2.3%)

6 (1.9%)

9 (2.3%)

11 (2.6%)

11 (2.4%)

  Rural

23 (12.4%)

11 (14.1%)

14 (13.9%)

15 (14.2%)

16 (14.0%)

66 (9.1%)

39 (12.7%)

45 (11.5%)

46 (10.8%)

49 (10.8%)

  Urban

127 (68.6%)

51 (65.4%)

67 (66.3%)

71 (67.0%)

77 (67.5%)

534 (73.3%)

200 (64.9%)

263 (66.9%)

289 (67.7%)

308 (68.0%)

  Missing

28 (15.1%)

13 (16.7%)

16 (15.8%)

16 (15.1%)

16 (14.0%)

112 (15.4%)

63 (20.5%)

76 (19.3%)

81 (19.0%)

85 (18.8%)

 


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