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Virginia Beach-Norfolk-Newport News, VA-NC

Drug-related deaths reported to DAWN 102
Drug-related suicide deaths reported to DAWN 18
Metro area population, 2008 1,658,292
Population covered by DAWN 1,634,109
Percent of population covered by DAWN 99%

Metro area overview: Deaths and population by county, 2008
Counties Drug-related Drug-related suicide Population
Deaths Rate Deaths Rate
* Area did not participate in DAWN this year.
Total participating (15) 102 6.2 18 1.1 1,634,109
1. Currituck County, NC*         24,183
2. Chesapeake City, VA 7 3.2 3 1.4 220,111
3. Gloucester County, VA 2 5.2 1 2.6 38,656
4. Hampton City, VA 4 2.7 0 0.0 145,494
5. Isle of Wight County, VA 2 5.6 0 0.0 35,472
6. James City County, VA 3 4.8 1 1.6 62,414
7. Mathews County, VA 1 11.1 0 0.0 9,038
8. Newport News City, VA 16 8.9 2 1.1 179,614
9. Norfolk City, VA 18 7.7 1 0.4 234,220
10. Poquoson City, VA 1 8.5 1 8.5 11,829
11. Portsmouth City, VA 11 10.9 1 1.0 100,577
12. Suffolk City, VA 4 4.9 0 0.0 82,302
13. Surry County, VA 0 0.0 0 0.0 7,128
14. Virginia Beach City, VA 28 6.5 7 1.6 433,746
15. Williamsburg City, VA 0 0.0 0 0.0 12,481
16. York County, VA 5 8.2 1 1.6 61,027

Deaths by manner of death, 2008
Suicide 15.0%
Homicide 0.0%
Could not be determined 5.0%
Accidental 75.0%
Natural 5.0%

Place of death, 2008
Drug-related Deaths
Health care facility 24
Home 66
Public place 5
Other 7
Not documented 0

Drug-related suicide Deaths
Health care facility 6
Home 8
Public place --
Other --
Not documented 0

Top 5 drugs involved: Drug-related deaths, 2008
Drug category Single-drug deaths Multi-drug deaths Total
Opiates/opioids 26 47 73
Cocaine 14 13 27
Alcohol 0 20 20
Benzodiazepines 0 18 18
Antidepressants 1 16 17

Top 5 drugs involved: Drug-related suicide deaths, 2008
Drug category Single-drug deaths Multi-drug deaths Total
Antidepressants 3 6 9
Alcohol 0 5 5

Death rates by gender and age: Drug-related, 2008
Gender Deaths per 100,000 population
Male 7.8
Female 4.8

Age Deaths per 100,000 population
Under 21 0.4
21 to 34 8.6
35 to 54 12.7
55 and over 3.4

Death rates by gender and age: Drug-related suicide, 2008
Gender Deaths per 100,000 population
Male 1.6
Female 0.6

Age Deaths per 100,000 population
Under 21 0.2
21 to 34 1.2
35 to 54 2.1
55 and over 0.9

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 110 102 45 20 18 8
Alcohol* 32 20 0 5 5 0
Cocaine 40 27 14 -- -- --
Marijuana -- 0 0 0 0 0
Stimulants -- -- 0 0 0 0
Club drugs 0 -- 0 0 0 0
Hallucinogens†† 0 0 0 0 0 0
Inhalants 0 0 0 0 -- --
Antidepressants 15 17 -- 7 9 --
Antipsychotics 7 7 -- -- -- 0
Benzodiazepines 15 18 0 5 -- 0
Misc. anxiolytics, sedatives, and hypnotics 10 8 0 7 -- --
Opiates/opioids 87 73 26 8 -- 0
– Heroin (specified) 28 15 9 -- 0 0
– Methadone 23 18 7 -- 0 0
– All other opiates/opioids 40 46 10 6 -- 0
Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory agents 0 0 0 0 0 0
Salicylates/combinations 0 0 0 0 -- --
Misc. analgesics/combinations -- 6 -- -- -- 0
Anticonvulsants -- -- 0 0 0 0
Muscle relaxants 7 -- 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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