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West Virginia

Drug-related deaths reported to DAWN 463
Drug-related suicide deaths reported to DAWN 38
State population, 2008 1,814,468
Population covered by DAWN 1,814,468
Percent of population covered by DAWN 100%

State overview: Deaths and population by county, 2008
Counties Drug-related Drug-related suicide Population
Deaths Rate Deaths Rate
Total participating (55) 463 25.5 38 2.1 1,814,468
1. Barbour County 1 6.4 0 0.0 15,600
2. Berkeley County 23 22.5 2 2.0 102,044
3. Boone County 12 48.0 1 4.0 24,977
4. Braxton County 5 34.0 0 0.0 14,700
5. Brooke County 7 29.8 0 0.0 23,520
6. Cabell County 38 40.2 1 1.1 94,631
7. Calhoun County 0 0.0 0 0.0 7,212
8. Clay County 2 19.9 0 0.0 10,075
9. Doddridge County 0 0.0 0 0.0 7,201
10. Fayette County 11 23.7 1 2.2 46,341
11. Gilmer County 2 29.1 0 0.0 6,873
12. Grant County 1 8.3 0 0.0 12,047
13. Greenbrier County 7 20.3 1 2.9 34,567
14. Hampshire County 4 17.7 0 0.0 22,574
15. Hancock County 6 20.0 0 0.0 30,008
16. Hardy County 1 7.4 0 0.0 13,591
17. Harrison County 11 16.0 4 5.8 68,853
18. Jackson County 6 21.3 2 7.1 28,157
19. Jefferson County 12 23.2 1 1.9 51,615
20. Kanawha County 64 33.5 4 2.1 191,018
21. Lewis County 3 17.4 0 0.0 17,281
22. Lincoln County 6 26.8 0 0.0 22,386
23. Logan County 10 28.1 0 0.0 35,525
24. Marion County 8 14.2 3 5.3 56,496
25. Marshall County 6 18.3 0 0.0 32,766
26. Mason County 6 23.4 0 0.0 25,678
27. McDowell County 22 96.9 0 0.0 22,707
28. Mercer County 29 47.2 0 0.0 61,500
29. Mineral County 6 22.4 0 0.0 26,795
30. Mingo County 15 56.9 0 0.0 26,352
31. Monongalia County 18 20.4 1 1.1 88,221
32. Monroe County 1 7.3 0 0.0 13,739
33. Morgan County 3 18.4 1 6.1 16,325
34. Nicholas County 6 23.0 0 0.0 26,137
35. Ohio County 5 11.3 1 2.3 44,106
36. Pendleton County 1 13.2 0 0.0 7,582
37. Pleasants County 0 0.0 1 14.0 7,150
38. Pocahontas County 4 47.2 0 0.0 8,472
39. Preston County 3 9.9 0 0.0 30,285
40. Putnam County 8 14.4 1 1.8 55,488
41. Raleigh County 20 25.2 3 3.8 79,357
42. Randolph County 5 17.7 0 0.0 28,264
43. Ritchie County 1 9.7 1 9.7 10,308
44. Roane County 1 6.6 0 0.0 15,169
45. Summers County 8 61.5 2 15.4 13,017
46. Taylor County 6 37.1 0 0.0 16,158
47. Tucker County 0 0.0 0 0.0 6,877
48. Tyler County 2 22.6 0 0.0 8,841
49. Upshur County 4 17.0 1 4.2 23,582
50. Wayne County 5 12.2 1 2.4 41,082
51. Webster County 1 10.6 1 10.6 9,394
52. Wetzel County 3 18.4 0 0.0 16,329
53. Wirt County 1 17.4 1 17.4 5,757
54. Wood County 12 13.9 2 2.3 86,204
55. Wyoming County 21 89.2 1 4.2 23,534

Deaths by manner of death, 2008
Suicide 7.6%
Homicide 0.2%
Could not be determined 7.0%
Accidental 85.2%
Natural 0.0%

Place of death, 2008
Drug-related Deaths
Health care facility 128
Home 222
Public place 49
Other 64
Not documented 0

Drug-related suicide Deaths
Health care facility 7
Home 24
Public place 4
Other --
Not documented 0

Top 5 drugs involved: Drug-related deaths, 2008
Drug category Single-drug deaths Multi-drug deaths Total
Opiates/opioids 35 329 364
Benzodiazepines 2 270 272
Alcohol 5 119 124
Antidepressants 2 79 81
Cocaine 12 67 79

Top 5 drugs involved: Drug-related suicide deaths, 2008
Drug category Single-drug deaths Multi-drug deaths Total
Alcohol 2 15 17
Antidepressants 1 14 15
Benzodiazepines 0 11 11
Misc. anxiolytics, sedatives, and hypnotics 0 9 9
Opiates/opioids 3 6 9

Death rates by gender and age: Drug-related, 2008
Gender Deaths per 100,000 population
Male 34.8
Female 16.6

Age Deaths per 100,000 population
Under 21 4.8
21 to 34 45.5
35 to 54 47.7
55 and over 9.9

Death rates by gender and age: Drug-related suicide, 2008
Gender Deaths per 100,000 population
Male 2.3
Female 1.9

Age Deaths per 100,000 population
Under 21 0.7
21 to 34 3.5
35 to 54 3.3
55 and over 1.3

Drug-related deaths by drug category, 2007-2008
Drug category Drug-related Drug-related suicide
Deaths, 2007 Deaths, 2008 Single-drug deaths, 2008 Deaths, 2007 Deaths, 2008 Single-drug deaths, 2008
* 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   463 68   38 10
Alcohol*   124 5   17 --
Cocaine   79 12   -- --
Marijuana   9 --   -- --
Stimulants   4 0   0 0
Club drugs   0 0   0 0
Hallucinogens††   0 0   0 0
Inhalants   -- --   -- 0
Antidepressants   81 --   15 --
Antipsychotics   12 --   -- 0
Benzodiazepines   272 --   11 0
Misc. anxiolytics, sedatives, and hypnotics   38 --   9 0
Opiates/opioids   364 35   9 --
– Heroin (specified)   34 5   0 0
– Methadone   86 13   -- --
– All other opiates/opioids   269 17   7 --
Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory agents   0 0   -- 0
Salicylates/combinations   -- --   0 0
Misc. analgesics/combinations   29 5   9 --
Anticonvulsants   14 0   -- 0
Muscle relaxants   28 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, 2008 (08/2009 update).

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