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Blacksburg-Christiansburg-Radford, VA


Drug-related deaths reported to DAWN 36
Drug-related suicide deaths reported to DAWN 1
Metro area population, 2009 159,587
Population covered by DAWN 159,587
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 (4) 36 22.6 1 0.6 159,587
1. Giles County, VA 5 28.8 0 0.0 17,358
2. Montgomery County, VA 15 16.5 0 0.0 91,023
3. Pulaski County, VA 12 34.3 1 2.9 35,022
4. Radford City, VA 4 24.7 0 0.0 16,184

Deaths by manner of death, 2009
Suicide 2.7%
Homicide 0.0%
Could not be determined 2.7%
Accidental 89.2%
Natural 5.4%

Top 5 drugs involved: Drug-related deaths, 2009
Drug category Single-drug deaths Multi-drug deaths Total
Opiates/opioids 7 24 31
Benzodiazepines 1 15 16
Antidepressants 0 10 10
Alcohol 0 7 7

Top 5 drugs involved: Drug-related suicide deaths, 2009
No single drug had 4 or more deaths.


Death rates by gender and age: Drug-related, 2009
Gender Deaths per 100,000 population
Male 24.6
Female 20.4

Age Deaths per 100,000 population
Under 21 0.0
21 to 34 25.1
35 to 54 66.4
55 and over *

Death rates by gender and age: Drug-related suicide, 2009
Gender Deaths per 100,000 population
Male *
Female 0.0

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

Place of death, 2009
Drug-related Deaths
Health care facility 7
Home 24
Public place *
Other 4
Not documented 0

Drug-related suicide Deaths
Health care facility 0
Home *
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 28 36 9 0 * 0
Alcohol * 7 0 - * -
Cocaine * * 0 - * -
Marijuana 0 0 0 - * -
Stimulants * * * - * -
Club drugs 0 0 0 - * -
Hallucinogens 0 0 0 - * -
Inhalants 0 0 0 - * -
Antidepressants * 10 0 - * -
Antipsychotics 0 * 0 - * -
Benzodiazepines 13 16 * - * -
Misc. anxiolytics, sedatives, and hypnotics 0 * 0 - * -
Opiates/opioids 24 31 7 - * -
– Heroin (specified) 0 0 0 - * -
– Methadone 8 13 4 - * -
– All other opiates/opioids 17 20 * - * -
Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory agents 0 0 0 - * -
Salicylates/combinations 0 0 0 - * -
Misc. analgesics/combinations * * 0 - * -
Anticonvulsants 0 * 0 - * -
Muscle relaxants * * 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.
4. A dash (-) represents a blank cell.
SOURCE: Center for Behavioral Health Statistics and Quality, SAMHSA, Drug Abuse Warning Network, 2009.