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Charleston, WV


Drug-related deaths reported to DAWN 64
Drug-related suicide deaths reported to DAWN 10
Metro area population, 2009 304,214
Population covered by DAWN 304,214
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 (5) 64 21.0 10 3.3 304,214
1. Boone County, WV 8 32.4 1 4.0 24,709
2. Clay County, WV 3 29.9 0 0.0 10,022
3. Kanawha County, WV 50 26.1 6 3.1 191,663
4. Lincoln County, WV 0 0.0 2 9.0 22,147
5. Putnam County, WV 3 5.4 1 1.8 55,673

Deaths by manner of death, 2009
Suicide 13.5%
Homicide 1.4%
Could not be determined 12.2%
Accidental 73.0%
Natural 0.0%

Top 5 drugs involved: Drug-related deaths, 2009
Drug category Single-drug deaths Multi-drug deaths Total
Opiates/opioids 9 43 52
Benzodiazepines 0 39 39
Alcohol 2 15 17
Cocaine 2 10 12
Antidepressants 0 6 6

Top 5 drugs involved: Drug-related suicide deaths, 2009
Drug category Single-drug deaths Multi-drug deaths Total
Opiates/opioids 0 5 5
Alcohol 0 4 4

Death rates by gender and age: Drug-related, 2009
Gender Deaths per 100,000 population
Male 29.8
Female 12.8

Age Deaths per 100,000 population
Under 21 *
21 to 34 32.4
35 to 54 46.4
55 and over 4.5

Death rates by gender and age: Drug-related suicide, 2009
Gender Deaths per 100,000 population
Male 4.1
Female 2.6

Age Deaths per 100,000 population
Under 21 0.0
21 to 34 9.5
35 to 54 *
55 and over *

Place of death, 2009
Drug-related Deaths
Health care facility 27
Home 23
Public place 5
Other 9
Not documented 0

Drug-related suicide Deaths
Health care facility *
Home 7
Public place 0
Other 0
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 92 64 15 6 10 *
Alcohol 18 17 * 4 4 *
Cocaine 18 12 * 0 * *
Marijuana * 0 0 0 0 *
Stimulants * * * 0 0 *
Club drugs 0 0 0 0 0 *
Hallucinogens 0 0 0 0 0 *
Inhalants 0 0 0 0 0 *
Antidepressants 16 6 0 * * *
Antipsychotics 6 0 0 0 0 *
Benzodiazepines 56 39 0 * * *
Misc. anxiolytics, sedatives, and hypnotics 4 5 0 0 * *
Opiates/opioids 69 52 9 0 5 *
– Heroin (specified) 5 4 * 0 0 *
– Methadone 16 6 * 0 0 *
– All other opiates/opioids 53 45 5 0 5 *
Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory agents 0 0 0 0 0 *
Salicylates/combinations 0 0 0 0 0 *
Misc. analgesics/combinations 4 * * * 0 *
Anticonvulsants 6 * 0 * * *
Muscle relaxants 10 * 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.