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Charleston, WV: Kanawha County, WV

Drug-related deaths reported to DAWN 64
Drug-related suicide deaths reported to DAWN 4
Population 191,018
Drug-related deaths per 100,000 population 33.5
Drug-related suicide deaths per 100,000 population 2.1

Deaths by manner of death, 2008
Suicide 5.9%
Homicide 0.0%
Could not be determined 11.8%
Accidental 82.4%
Natural 0.0%

Place of death, 2008
Drug-related Deaths
Health care facility 23
Home 31
Public place --
Other 7
Not documented 0

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

Top 5 drugs involved: Drug-related deaths, 2008
Drug category Single-drug deaths Multi-drug deaths Total
Opiates/opioids 2 49 51
Benzodiazepines 0 39 39
Cocaine 1 15 16
Antidepressants 1 12 13
Alcohol 0 8 8

Death rates by gender and age: Drug-related, 2008
Gender Deaths per 100,000 population
Male 47.0
Female 21.1

Age Deaths per 100,000 population
Under 21 0.0
21 to 34 73.1
35 to 54 68.4
55 and over 6.9

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   64 7   4 --
Alcohol*   8 0   -- --
Cocaine   16 --   0 --
Marijuana   -- --   0 --
Stimulants   -- 0   0 --
Club drugs   0 0   0 --
Hallucinogens††   0 0   0 --
Inhalants   0 0   0 --
Antidepressants   13 --   -- --
Antipsychotics   5 --   0 --
Benzodiazepines   39 0   -- --
Misc. anxiolytics, sedatives, and hypnotics   -- 0   0 --
Opiates/opioids   51 --   0 --
– Heroin (specified)   4 --   0 --
– Methadone   12 --   0 --
– All other opiates/opioids   38 0   0 --
Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory agents   0 0   0 --
Salicylates/combinations   0 0   0 --
Misc. analgesics/combinations   -- --   -- --
Anticonvulsants   5 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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