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Virginia Beach-Norfolk-Newport News, VA-NC

Drug-related deaths reported to DAWN 127
Drug-related suicide deaths reported to DAWN 29
Metro area population, 2010 1,674,647
Population covered by DAWN 1,650,429
Percent of population covered by DAWN 99%

Metro area overview: Deaths and population by county, 2010
County Drug-related Drug-related suicide Population
Deaths Rate Deaths Rate
Area did not participate in DAWN this year.
Total participating (15) 127 7.7 29 1.8 1,650,429
1. Currituck County, NC - - - - 24,218
2. Chesapeake City, VA 16 7.2 3 1.3 222,478
3. Gloucester County, VA 1 2.6 0 0.0 39,182
4. Hampton City, VA 15 10.4 1 0.7 144,244
5. Isle of Wight County, VA 2 5.6 0 0.0 35,882
6. James City County, VA 2 3.1 0 0.0 63,746
7. Mathews County, VA 0 0.0 0 0.0 8,984
8. Newport News City, VA 16 8.3 3 1.6 193,161
9. Norfolk City, VA 20 8.6 5 2.1 233,371
10. Poquoson City, VA 0 0.0 0 0.0 11,796
11. Portsmouth City, VA 13 13.1 0 0.0 99,326
12. Suffolk City, VA 7 8.4 0 0.0 83,669
13. Surry County, VA 1 14.1 0 0.0 7,089
14. Virginia Beach City, VA 20 4.6 13 3.0 433,614
15. Williamsburg City, VA 1 7.9 3 23.6 12,736
16. York County, VA 13 21.3 1 1.6 61,154

Deaths by manner of death, 2010
Suicide 18.6%
Homicide 0.0%
Could not be determined 7.7%
Accidental 63.5%
Natural 10.3%

Top 5 drugs involved: Drug-related deaths, 2010
Drug category Single-drug deaths Multi-drug deaths Total
Opiates/opioids 10 82 92
Cocaine 9 32 41
Alcohol 1 38 39
Benzodiazepines 0 32 32
Antidepressants 0 28 28

Top 5 drugs involved: Drug-related suicide deaths, 2010
Drug category Single-drug deaths Multi-drug deaths Total
Alcohol 1 9 10
Opiates/opioids 0 10 10
Benzodiazepines 1 8 9
Antidepressants 0 8 8
Misc. anxiolytics, sedatives, and hypnotics 1 5 6

Death rates by sex and age: Drug-related, 2010
Sex Deaths per 100,000 population
Male 9.3
Female 6.2

Age Deaths per 100,000 population
Under 21 1.7
21 to 34 10.1
35 to 54 14.5
55 and over 4.9

Death rates by sex and age: Drug-related suicide, 2010
Sex Deaths per 100,000 population
Male 1.6
Female 1.9

Age Deaths per 100,000 population
Under 21 *
21 to 34 2.6
35 to 54 2.2
55 and over 2.5

Place of death, 2010
Drug-related Deaths
Health care facility 41
Home 67
Public place 9
Other 10
Not documented 0

Drug-related suicide Deaths
Health care facility 5
Home 16
Public place 7
Other *
Not documented 0

Drug-related deaths by drug category, 2009-2010
Drug category Drug-relatedDrug-related suicide
Deaths, 2009 Deaths, 2010 Single-drug deaths, 2010 Deaths, 2009 Deaths, 2010 Single-drug deaths, 2010
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 116 127 29 25 29 9
Alcohol 38 39 * 9 10 *
Cocaine 26 41 9 * * 0
Marijuana 0 0 0 0 0 0
Stimulants * 5 0 0 0 0
Club drugs * * * 0 0 0
Hallucinogens 0 0 0 0 0 0
Inhalants * 0 0 0 4 *
Antidepressants 14 28 0 5 8 0
Antipsychotics 0 6 * * 4 *
Benzodiazepines 31 32 0 7 9 *
Misc. anxiolytics, sedatives, and hypnotics 5 17 0 8 6 *
Opiates/opioids 96 92 10 10 10 0
– Heroin (specified) 32 20 * 0 0 0
– Methadone 18 21 * * * 0
– All other opiates/opioids 55 61 5 10 9 0
Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory agents 0 0 0 0 * 0
Salicylates/combinations 0 0 0 0 0 0
Misc. analgesics/combinations 4 11 * * * *
Anticonvulsants * * 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, 2010.

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