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Richmond, VA


Drug-related deaths reported to DAWN 84
Drug-related suicide deaths reported to DAWN 38
Metro area population, 2009 1,238,187
Population covered by DAWN 1,238,187
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 (20) 84 6.8 38 3.1 1,238,187
1. Amelia County, VA 0 0.0 0 0.0 12,886
2. Caroline County, VA 2 7.2 1 3.6 27,870
3. Charles City County, VA 1 13.9 1 13.9 7,217
4. Chesterfield County, VA 13 4.2 4 1.3 306,670
5. Colonial Heights City, VA 1 5.6 0 0.0 17,823
6. Cumberland County, VA 0 0.0 0 0.0 9,757
7. Dinwiddie County, VA 1 3.8 0 0.0 26,338
8. Goochland County, VA 3 14.1 1 4.7 21,311
9. Hanover County, VA 0 0.0 2 2.0 99,933
10. Henrico County, VA 14 4.7 10 3.4 296,415
11. Hopewell City, VA 1 4.3 3 13.0 23,123
12. King William County, VA 2 12.3 0 0.0 16,225
13. King and Queen County, VA 2 29.4 0 0.0 6,796
14. Louisa County, VA 2 6.0 0 0.0 33,078
15. New Kent County, VA 0 0.0 1 5.5 18,112
16. Petersburg City, VA 8 24.3 0 0.0 32,986
17. Powhatan County, VA 2 7.2 0 0.0 27,964
18. Prince George County, VA 1 2.7 2 5.4 37,116
19. Richmond City, VA 29 14.2 12 5.9 204,451
20. Sussex County, VA 2 16.5 1 8.3 12,116

Deaths by manner of death, 2009
Suicide 31.1%
Homicide 0.0%
Could not be determined 0.8%
Accidental 68.0%
Natural 0.0%

Top 5 drugs involved: Drug-related deaths, 2009
Drug category Single-drug deaths Multi-drug deaths Total
Opiates/opioids 39 26 65
Cocaine 8 8 16
Alcohol 0 10 10
Benzodiazepines 0 8 8
Antidepressants 2 5 7

Top 5 drugs involved: Drug-related suicide deaths, 2009
Drug category Single-drug deaths Multi-drug deaths Total
Opiates/opioids 5 8 13
Antidepressants 8 4 12
Misc. analgesics/combinations 6 3 9
Misc. anxiolytics, sedatives, and hypnotics 2 3 5
Benzodiazepines 0 4 4

Death rates by gender and age: Drug-related, 2009
Gender Deaths per 100,000 population
Male 9.0
Female 4.7

Age Deaths per 100,000 population
Under 21 *
21 to 34 13.2
35 to 54 11.9
55 and over 2.4

Death rates by gender and age: Drug-related suicide, 2009
Gender Deaths per 100,000 population
Male 3.0
Female 3.1

Age Deaths per 100,000 population
Under 21 *
21 to 34 3.4
35 to 54 4.1
55 and over 4.8

Place of death, 2009
Drug-related Deaths
Health care facility 24
Home 44
Public place 4
Other 12
Not documented 0

Drug-related suicide Deaths
Health care facility 15
Home 15
Public place *
Other 7
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 95 84 53 13 38 26
Alcohol 9 10 0 0 * 0
Cocaine 19 16 8 0 0 0
Marijuana 0 0 0 0 * *
Stimulants 0 0 0 0 0 0
Club drugs * 0 0 0 0 0
Hallucinogens 0 0 0 0 0 0
Inhalants * * * 0 * *
Antidepressants 9 7 * 6 12 8
Antipsychotics * * 0 0 * *
Benzodiazepines 8 8 0 * 4 0
Misc. anxiolytics, sedatives, and hypnotics 0 * * * 5 *
Opiates/opioids 79 65 39 9 13 5
– Heroin (specified) 30 28 20 0 0 0
– Methadone 22 17 12 * * *
– All other opiates/opioids 31 23 7 8 11 *
Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory agents 0 0 0 0 0 0
Salicylates/combinations 0 * 0 0 0 0
Misc. analgesics/combinations 0 4 * * 9 6
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. 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.