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Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV


Drug-related deaths reported to DAWN 407
Drug-related suicide deaths reported to DAWN 83
Metro area population, 2009 5,476,241
Population covered by DAWN 5,476,241
Percent of population covered by DAWN 100%

Metro area overview: Deaths and population by county, 2009
County Drug-related Drug-related suicide Population
Deaths Rate Deaths Rate
Total participating (22) 407 7.4 83 1.5 5,476,241
1. District of Columbia, DC 139 23.2 16 2.7 599,657
2. Calvert County, MD 13 14.6 1 1.1 89,212
3. Charles County, MD 8 5.6 1 0.7 142,226
4. Frederick County, MD 22 9.6 0 0.0 227,980
5. Montgomery County, MD 42 4.3 15 1.5 971,600
6. Prince George's County, MD 61 7.3 5 0.6 834,560
7. Alexandria City, VA 15 10.0 3 2.0 150,006
8. Arlington County, VA 9 4.1 3 1.4 217,483
9. Clarke County, VA 1 6.9 0 0.0 14,588
10. Fairfax City, VA 0 0.0 2 8.1 24,665
11. Fairfax County, VA 28 2.7 17 1.6 1,037,605
12. Falls Church City, VA 0 0.0 0 0.0 11,957
13. Fauquier County, VA 4 5.9 1 1.5 68,010
14. Fredericksburg City, VA 6 25.9 0 0.0 23,193
15. Loudoun County, VA 4 1.3 3 1.0 301,171
16. Manassas City, VA 6 16.4 0 0.0 36,514
17. Manassas Park City, VA 0 0.0 0 0.0 12,042
18. Prince William County, VA 24 6.3 9 2.4 379,166
19. Spotsylvania County, VA 2 1.7 2 1.7 120,977
20. Stafford County, VA 5 4.0 2 1.6 124,166
21. Warren County, VA 5 13.6 1 2.7 36,713
22. Jefferson County, WV 13 24.6 2 3.8 52,750

Deaths by manner of death, 2009
Suicide 16.9%
Homicide 0.0%
Could not be determined 29.8%
Accidental 45.7%
Natural 7.6%

Top 5 drugs involved: Drug-related deaths, 2009
Drug category Single-drug deaths Multi-drug deaths Total
Opiates/opioids 94 173 267
Cocaine 68 74 142
Alcohol 6 108 114
Benzodiazepines 0 31 31
Antidepressants 1 28 29

Top 5 drugs involved: Drug-related suicide deaths, 2009
Drug category Single-drug deaths Multi-drug deaths Total
Opiates/opioids 5 24 29
Antidepressants 2 24 26
Benzodiazepines 2 16 18
Alcohol 0 17 17
Misc. anxiolytics, sedatives, and hypnotics 2 15 17

Death rates by gender and age: Drug-related, 2009
Gender Deaths per 100,000 population
Male 10.1
Female 4.9

Age Deaths per 100,000 population
Under 21 0.8
21 to 34 8.3
35 to 54 13.1
55 and over 7.4

Death rates by gender and age: Drug-related suicide, 2009
Gender Deaths per 100,000 population
Male 1.4
Female 1.6

Age Deaths per 100,000 population
Under 21 *
21 to 34 1.3
35 to 54 2.2
55 and over 2.6

Place of death, 2009
Drug-related Deaths
Health care facility 163
Home 181
Public place 27
Other 36
Not documented 0

Drug-related suicide Deaths
Health care facility 14
Home 58
Public place 6
Other 5
Not documented 0

Drug-related deaths by drug category, 2008-2009
Drug category Drug-related Drug-related suicide
Deaths, 2008 Deaths, 2009 Single-drug deaths, 2009 Deaths, 2008 Deaths, 2009 Single-drug deaths, 2009
NOTES: Alcohol row includes alcohol in combination with other drugs (all ages) and alcohol alone in decedents under age 21. Club drugs row includes MDMA (Ecstasy), GHB, flunitrazepam (Rohypnol), and ketamine. Hallucinogens row includes PCP, LSD, and miscellaneous hallucinogens.
ALL DRUGS 414 407 195 84 83 28
Alcohol 119 114 6 27 17 0
Cocaine 182 142 68 * * *
Marijuana 0 * 0 0 0 0
Stimulants 6 * * * 0 0
Club drugs * 0 0 0 0 0
Hallucinogens 19 14 7 * * *
Inhalants 4 5 * * 6 5
Antidepressants 35 29 * 38 26 *
Antipsychotics 7 9 4 10 12 *
Benzodiazepines 45 31 0 17 18 *
Misc. anxiolytics, sedatives, and hypnotics 20 20 0 21 17 *
Opiates/opioids 261 267 94 33 29 5
– Heroin (specified) 59 68 32 * * *
– Methadone 52 52 13 5 * 0
– All other opiates/opioids 171 177 49 30 27 4
Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory agents 0 0 0 0 0 0
Salicylates/combinations * * * 0 * *
Misc. analgesics/combinations 14 16 4 4 9 *
Anticonvulsants 0 * 0 4 * *
Muscle relaxants 7 8 0 6 4 0

End Notes

1. Drug-related deaths exclude suicides.
2. All death rates are per 100,000 population.
3. An asterisk (*) signifies that a small number of deaths was suppressed to protect privacy.
SOURCE: Center for Behavioral Health Statistics and Quality, SAMHSA, Drug Abuse Warning Network, 2009.

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