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Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV: District of Columbia

Drug-related deaths reported to DAWN 173
Drug-related suicide deaths reported to DAWN 21
Population 591,833
Drug-related deaths per 100,000 population 29.2
Drug-related suicide deaths per 100,000 population 3.5

Deaths by manner of death, 2008
Suicide 10.8%
Homicide 0.0%
Could not be determined 5.2%
Accidental 53.1%
Natural 30.9%

Place of death, 2008
Drug-related Deaths
Health care facility 68
Home 75
Public place 21
Other 9
Not documented 0

Drug-related suicide Deaths
Health care facility 0
Home 15
Public place 5
Other --
Not documented 0

Top 5 drugs involved: Drug-related deaths, 2008
Drug category Single-drug deaths Multi-drug deaths Total
Cocaine 56 47 103
Opiates/opioids 25 60 85
Alcohol 0 35 35
Benzodiazepines 1 11 12
Antidepressants 1 8 9

Death rates by gender and age: Drug-related, 2008
Gender Deaths per 100,000 population
Male 44.7
Female 15.4

Age Deaths per 100,000 population
Under 21 2.1
21 to 34 7.9
35 to 54 66.8
55 and over 37.4

Drug-related deaths by drug category, 2007-2008
Drug category Drug-related Drug-related suicide
Deaths, 2007 Deaths, 2008 Single-drug deaths, 2008 Deaths, 2007 Deaths, 2008 Single-drug deaths, 2008
* 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 214 173 89 24 21 6
Alcohol* 45 35 0 5 7 0
Cocaine 127 103 56 5 -- 0
Marijuana -- 0 0 0 0 0
Stimulants -- 4 -- -- 0 0
Club drugs 0 0 0 -- 0 0
Hallucinogens†† 14 7 -- -- -- --
Inhalants 0 -- 0 0 0 0
Antidepressants 7 9 -- 8 12 --
Antipsychotics 0 -- -- 0 -- 0
Benzodiazepines 8 12 -- 8 -- 0
Misc. anxiolytics, sedatives, and hypnotics -- 4 0 4 8 --
Opiates/opioids 97 85 25 5 4 --
– Heroin (specified) 4 4 -- 0 0 0
– Methadone 20 15 4 0 0 0
– All other opiates/opioids 75 69 19 5 4 --
Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory agents 0 0 0 -- 0 0
Salicylates/combinations 0 -- -- 0 0 0
Misc. analgesics/combinations -- -- 0 -- 0 0
Anticonvulsants -- 0 0 -- 0 0
Muscle relaxants -- -- 0 0 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, 2008 (08/2009 update).

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