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Roanoke, VA


Drug-related deaths reported to DAWN 61
Drug-related suicide deaths reported to DAWN 6
Metro area population, 2009 300,399
Population covered by DAWN 300,399
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 (6) 61 20.3 6 2.0 300,399
1. Botetourt County, VA 2 6.1 0 0.0 32,551
2. Craig County, VA 0 0.0 2 40.2 4,969
3. Franklin County, VA 9 17.3 0 0.0 51,924
4. Roanoke City, VA 36 38.1 3 3.2 94,482
5. Roanoke County, VA 7 7.7 1 1.1 91,011
6. Salem City, VA 7 27.5 0 0.0 25,462

Deaths by manner of death, 2009
Suicide 9.0%
Homicide 0.0%
Could not be determined 3.0%
Accidental 85.1%
Natural 3.0%

Top 5 drugs involved: Drug-related deaths, 2009
Drug category Single-drug deaths Multi-drug deaths Total
Opiates/opioids 6 32 38
Benzodiazepines 0 12 12
Alcohol 1 8 9
Antidepressants 0 9 9
Misc. anxiolytics, sedatives, and hypnotics 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 23.6
Female 17.3

Age Deaths per 100,000 population
Under 21 *
21 to 34 30.7
35 to 54 30.6
55 and over 18.9

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

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

Place of death, 2009
Drug-related Deaths
Health care facility 30
Home 22
Public place 4
Other 5
Not documented 0

Drug-related suicide Deaths
Health care facility *
Home *
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 37 61 19 9 6 *
Alcohol 5 9 * * * *
Cocaine 6 4 0 0 0 *
Marijuana 0 * 0 0 0 *
Stimulants * * 0 0 0 *
Club drugs 0 0 0 0 0 *
Hallucinogens 0 0 0 0 0 *
Inhalants 0 * * 0 0 *
Antidepressants 4 9 0 5 0 *
Antipsychotics * 0 0 * * *
Benzodiazepines 17 12 0 * * *
Misc. anxiolytics, sedatives, and hypnotics * 7 0 * * *
Opiates/opioids 27 38 6 5 * *
– Heroin (specified) 5 7 * 0 0 *
– Methadone 8 14 * 0 0 *
– All other opiates/opioids 15 22 * 5 * *
Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory agents 0 * 0 0 0 *
Salicylates/combinations 0 * 0 0 0 *
Misc. analgesics/combinations 4 6 0 * * *
Anticonvulsants 0 0 0 0 * *
Muscle relaxants 0 4 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.
SOURCE: Center for Behavioral Health Statistics and Quality, SAMHSA, Drug Abuse Warning Network, 2009.