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Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV

Drug-related deaths reported to DAWN 465
Drug-related suicide deaths reported to DAWN 92
Metro area population, 2007 5,306,565
Population covered by DAWN 5,255,733
Percent of population covered by DAWN 99%

Metro area overview: Deaths and population by county, 2007
Metro area component Drug-related Drug-related suicide Population
Deaths Rate Deaths Rate
* Area did not participate in DAWN this year.
Total participating (19) 465 8.8 92 1.8 5,255,733
1. District of Columbia 214 36.4 24 4.1 588,292
2. Calvert County, MD 14 15.9 2 2.3 88,223
3. Charles County, MD 14 10.0 1 0.7 140,444
4. Frederick County, MD 28 12.5 1 0.4 224,705
5. Montgomery County, MD 49 5.3 8 0.9 930,813
6. Prince George's County, MD 60 7.2 9 1.1 828,770
7. Alexandria City, VA 5 3.6 4 2.9 140,024
8. Arlington County, VA 9 4.4 3 1.5 204,568
9. Clarke County, VA 1 7.0 1 7.0 14,361
10. Fairfax County, VA 21 2.0 20 1.9 1,033,590
11. Falls Church City, VA 0 0.0 0 0.0 10,948
12. Fauquier County, VA 7 10.6 2 3.0 66,328
13. Fredericksburg City, VA 1 4.5 1 4.5 22,410
14. Loudoun County, VA 9 3.2 3 1.1 278,797
15. Manassas City, VA 4 11.3 1 2.8 35,412
16. Prince William County, VA 15 4.0 9 2.4 371,837
17. Spotsylvania County, VA 4 3.4 1 0.8 119,194
18. Stafford County, VA 7 5.8 1 0.8 120,723
19. Warren County, VA 3 8.3 1 2.8 36,294
20. Jefferson County, WV*         50,832

Deaths by manner of death, 2007
Suicide 16.5%
Homicide 0.0%
Could not be determined 28.4%
Accidental 38.2%
Natural 16.9%

Place of death, 2007
Drug-related Deaths
Health care facility 193
Home 185
Public place 43
Other 44
Not documented 0

Drug-related suicide Deaths
Health care facility 17
Home 58
Public place 7
Other 10
Not documented 0

Top 5 drugs involved: Drug-related deaths, 2007
Drug category Single-drug deaths Multi-drug deaths Total
Opiates/opioids 80 193 273
Cocaine 96 120 216
Alcohol 5 117 122
Antidepressants 6 39 45
Benzodiazepines 1 24 25

Top 5 drugs involved: Drug-related suicide deaths, 2007
Drug category Single-drug deaths Multi-drug deaths Total
Opiates/opioids 8 24 32
Antidepressants 3 26 29
Alcohol 0 22 22
Misc. anxiolytics, sedatives, and hypnotics 2 17 19
Benzodiazepines 1 15 16

Death rates by gender and age: Drug-related, 2007
Gender Deaths per 100,000 population
Male 13.1
Female 4.8

Age Deaths per 100,000 population
Under 21 1.1
21 to 34 7.2
35 to 54 17.2
55 and over 8.1

Death rates by gender and age: Drug-related suicide, 2007
Gender Deaths per 100,000 population
Male 1.7
Female 1.8

Age Deaths per 100,000 population
Under 21 0.1
21 to 34 1.2
35 to 54 3.3
55 and over 2.1

Drug-related deaths by drug category, 2006-2007
Drug category Drug-related Drug-related suicide
Deaths, 2006 Deaths, 2007 Single-drug deaths, 2007 Deaths, 2006 Deaths, 2007 Single-drug deaths, 2007
* Includes alcohol in combination with other drugs (all ages) and alcohol alone in decedents under age 21.
Includes MDMA (Ecstasy), GHB, flunitrazepam (Rohypnol), and ketamine.
†† Includes PCP, LSD, and miscellaneous hallucinogens.
ALL DRUGS 328 465 210 58 92 31
Alcohol* 96 122 5 18 22 0
Cocaine 163 216 96 9 10 4
Marijuana 0 -- -- 0 0 0
Stimulants -- 6 -- -- -- --
Club drugs -- -- -- 0 -- 0
Hallucinogens†† 6 25 13 -- -- 0
Inhalants -- -- -- -- -- --
Antidepressants 34 45 6 19 29 --
Antipsychotics 6 -- 0 9 15 --
Benzodiazepines 7 25 -- 13 16 --
Misc. anxiolytics, sedatives, and hypnotics 14 20 -- 19 19 --
Opiates/opioids 197 273 80 24 32 8
– Heroin (specified) 17 38 8 0 0 0
– Methadone 54 72 26 10 5 --
– All other opiates/opioids 157 193 46 17 28 7
Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory agents 0 0 0 0 -- 0
Salicylates/combinations 0 -- 0 0 -- --
Misc. analgesics/combinations 12 14 0 4 14 4
Anticonvulsants -- 4 -- 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. -- A number less than 4 has been suppressed.

SOURCE: Office of Applied Studies, SAMHSA, Drug Abuse Warning Network, 2007 (08/2008 update).

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