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Virginia Beach-Norfolk-Newport News, VA-NC


Drug-related deaths reported to DAWN 116
Drug-related suicide deaths reported to DAWN 25
Metro area population, 2009 1,674,498
Population covered by DAWN 1,650,282
Percent of population covered by DAWN 99%

Metro area overview: Deaths and population by county, 2009
County Drug-related Drug-related suicide Population
Deaths Rate Deaths Rate
Area did not participate in DAWN this year.
Total participating (15) 116 7.0 25 1.5 1,650,282
1. Currituck County, NC - - - - 24,216
2. Chesapeake City, VA 18 8.1 1 0.4 222,455
3. Gloucester County, VA 3 7.7 0 0.0 39,184
4. Hampton City, VA 5 3.5 1 0.7 144,236
5. Isle of Wight County, VA 2 5.6 0 0.0 35,877
6. James City County, VA 4 6.3 0 0.0 63,735
7. Mathews County, VA 1 11.1 0 0.0 8,984
8. Newport News City, VA 24 12.4 0 0.0 193,172
9. Norfolk City, VA 19 8.1 0 0.0 233,333
10. Poquoson City, VA 0 0.0 0 0.0 11,794
11. Portsmouth City, VA 9 9.1 2 2.0 99,321
12. Suffolk City, VA 3 3.6 0 0.0 83,659
13. Surry County, VA 1 14.1 1 14.1 7,088
14. Virginia Beach City, VA 25 5.8 17 3.9 433,575
15. Williamsburg City, VA 0 0.0 0 0.0 12,729
16. York County, VA 2 3.3 3 4.9 61,140

Deaths by manner of death, 2009
Suicide 17.7%
Homicide 0.7%
Could not be determined 2.1%
Accidental 73.8%
Natural 5.7%

Top 5 drugs involved: Drug-related deaths, 2009
Drug category Single-drug deaths Multi-drug deaths Total
Opiates/opioids 18 78 96
Alcohol 1 37 38
Benzodiazepines 1 30 31
Cocaine 6 20 26
Antidepressants 0 14 14

Top 5 drugs involved: Drug-related suicide deaths, 2009
Drug category Single-drug deaths Multi-drug deaths Total
Opiates/opioids 0 10 10
Alcohol 0 9 9
Misc. anxiolytics, sedatives, and hypnotics 1 7 8
Benzodiazepines 1 6 7
Antidepressants 1 4 5

Death rates by gender and age: Drug-related, 2009
Gender Deaths per 100,000 population
Male 10.5
Female 3.7

Age Deaths per 100,000 population
Under 21 *
21 to 34 12.9
35 to 54 12.5
55 and over 3.0

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

Age Deaths per 100,000 population
Under 21 *
21 to 34 1.4
35 to 54 1.8
55 and over 3.0

Place of death, 2009
Drug-related Deaths
Health care facility 24
Home 64
Public place 5
Other 23
Not documented 0

Drug-related suicide Deaths
Health care facility 5
Home 16
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 102 116 30 18 25 6
Alcohol 20 38 * 5 9 0
Cocaine 27 26 6 * * 0
Marijuana 0 0 0 0 0 0
Stimulants * * 0 0 0 0
Club drugs * * 0 0 0 0
Hallucinogens 0 0 0 0 0 0
Inhalants 0 * * * 0 0
Antidepressants 17 14 0 9 5 *
Antipsychotics 7 0 0 * * 0
Benzodiazepines 18 31 * * 7 *
Misc. anxiolytics, sedatives, and hypnotics 8 5 0 * 8 *
Opiates/opioids 73 96 18 * 10 0
– Heroin (specified) 15 32 11 0 0 0
– Methadone 18 18 * 0 * 0
– All other opiates/opioids 46 55 6 * 10 0
Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory agents 0 0 0 0 0 0
Salicylates/combinations 0 0 0 * 0 0
Misc. analgesics/combinations 6 4 0 * * 0
Anticonvulsants * * 0 0 * 0
Muscle relaxants * 5 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.
4. A dash (-) represents a blank cell.
SOURCE: Center for Behavioral Health Statistics and Quality, SAMHSA, Drug Abuse Warning Network, 2009.