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


Drug-related deaths reported to DAWN 139
Drug-related suicide deaths reported to DAWN 16
Population 599,657
Drug-related deaths per 100,000 population 23.2
Drug-related suicide deaths per 100,000 population 2.7

Deaths by manner of death, 2009
Suicide 10.3%
Homicide 0.0%
Could not be determined 5.2%
Accidental 63.2%
Natural 21.3%

Top 5 drugs involved: Drug-related deaths, 2009
Drug category Single-drug deaths Multi-drug deaths Total
Cocaine 47 30 77
Opiates/opioids 25 45 70
Alcohol 1 25 26
Misc. anxiolytics, sedatives, and hypnotics 0 4 4
Misc. analgesics/combinations 3 1 4

Death rates by gender and age: Drug-related, 2009
Gender Deaths per 100,000 population
Male 33.2
Female 14.2

Age Deaths per 100,000 population
Under 21 *
21 to 34 6.6
35 to 54 50.7
55 and over 32.9

Place of death, 2009
Drug-related Deaths
Health care facility 60
Home 52
Public place 19
Other 8
Not documented 0

Drug-related suicide Deaths
Health care facility *
Home 8
Public place *
Other *
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 173 139 81 21 16 7
Alcohol 35 26 * 7 4 0
Cocaine 103 77 47 * * *
Marijuana 0 * 0 0 0 0
Stimulants 4 0 0 0 0 0
Club drugs 0 0 0 0 0 0
Hallucinogens 7 * * * * *
Inhalants * * 0 0 * *
Antidepressants 9 * 0 12 * *
Antipsychotics * 0 0 * 0 0
Benzodiazepines 12 * 0 * 4 *
Misc. anxiolytics, sedatives, and hypnotics 4 4 0 8 4 0
Opiates/opioids 85 70 25 4 * 0
– Heroin (specified) 4 12 5 0 0 0
– Methadone 15 11 5 0 0 0
– All other opiates/opioids 69 55 15 4 * 0
Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory agents 0 0 0 0 0 0
Salicylates/combinations * 0 0 0 0 0
Misc. analgesics/combinations * 4 * 0 * 0
Anticonvulsants 0 0 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. 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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