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West Virginia

Drug-related deaths reported to DAWN 515
Drug-related suicide deaths reported to DAWN 48
State population, 2010 1,820,042
Population covered by DAWN 1,820,042
Percent of population covered by DAWN 100%

State overview: Deaths and population by county, 2010
County Drug-related Drug-related suicide Population
Deaths Rate Deaths Rate
Total participating (55) 515 28.3 48 2.6 1,820,042
1. Barbour County 3 19.0 0 0.0 15,760
2. Berkeley County 18 17.3 2 1.9 103,866
3. Boone County 17 68.8 0 0.0 24,711
4. Braxton County 3 20.8 0 0.0 14,436
5. Brooke County 7 29.8 0 0.0 23,515
6. Cabell County 46 48.3 2 2.1 95,228
7. Calhoun County 1 14.0 0 0.0 7,120
8. Clay County 2 20.0 0 0.0 10,021
9. Doddridge County 1 13.9 0 0.0 7,205
10. Fayette County 12 26.0 0 0.0 46,129
11. Gilmer County 0 0.0 0 0.0 6,827
12. Grant County 1 8.5 0 0.0 11,834
13. Greenbrier County 9 26.1 3 8.7 34,534
14. Hampshire County 5 22.0 0 0.0 22,700
15. Hancock County 9 30.3 0 0.0 29,734
16. Hardy County 1 7.3 0 0.0 13,614
17. Harrison County 13 18.9 2 2.9 68,918
18. Jackson County 4 14.2 1 3.6 28,070
19. Jefferson County 12 22.7 0 0.0 52,756
20. Kanawha County 55 28.7 7 3.7 191,689
21. Lewis County 3 17.3 0 0.0 17,391
22. Lincoln County 9 40.6 0 0.0 22,147
23. Logan County 20 56.3 2 5.6 35,505
24. Marion County 4 7.1 0 0.0 56,714
25. Marshall County 6 18.4 2 6.1 32,562
26. Mason County 9 35.2 0 0.0 25,573
27. McDowell County 26 116.1 2 8.9 22,400
28. Mercer County 34 54.9 3 4.8 61,927
29. Mineral County 3 11.0 2 7.4 27,209
30. Mingo County 13 49.3 0 0.0 26,392
31. Monongalia County 15 16.6 2 2.2 90,109
32. Monroe County 4 29.2 0 0.0 13,716
33. Morgan County 1 6.1 0 0.0 16,389
34. Nicholas County 2 7.6 2 7.6 26,216
35. Ohio County 12 27.3 2 4.5 44,022
36. Pendleton County 1 13.5 0 0.0 7,392
37. Pleasants County 0 0.0 0 0.0 7,366
38. Pocahontas County 5 59.4 0 0.0 8,420
39. Preston County 2 6.6 1 3.3 30,259
40. Putnam County 10 18.0 0 0.0 55,676
41. Raleigh County 48 60.6 2 2.5 79,195
42. Randolph County 2 7.0 2 7.0 28,396
43. Ritchie County 1 9.8 1 9.8 10,209
44. Roane County 4 26.9 0 0.0 14,870
45. Summers County 9 68.8 1 7.6 13,085
46. Taylor County 3 18.4 0 0.0 16,331
47. Tucker County 1 14.7 0 0.0 6,813
48. Tyler County 2 23.0 0 0.0 8,682
49. Upshur County 1 4.2 1 4.2 23,809
50. Wayne County 12 29.2 0 0.0 41,122
51. Webster County 4 42.4 1 10.6 9,444
52. Wetzel County 2 12.3 0 0.0 16,228
53. Wirt County 0 0.0 0 0.0 5,607
54. Wood County 7 8.1 3 3.5 86,895
55. Wyoming County 21 90.1 2 8.6 23,307

Deaths by manner of death, 2010
Suicide 8.5%
Homicide 0.0%
Could not be determined 8.5%
Accidental 82.8%
Natural 0.2%

Top 5 drugs involved: Drug-related deaths, 2010
Drug category Single-drug deaths Multi-drug deaths Total
Opiates/opioids 36 416 452
Benzodiazepines 0 330 330
Antidepressants 1 108 109
Alcohol 2 92 94
Cocaine 12 58 70

Top 5 drugs involved: Drug-related suicide deaths, 2010
Drug category Single-drug deaths Multi-drug deaths Total
Opiates/opioids 1 29 30
Benzodiazepines 1 21 22
Alcohol 1 15 16
Antidepressants 1 11 12
Cocaine 0 7 7

Death rates by sex and age: Drug-related, 2010
Sex Deaths per 100,000 population
Male 37.3
Female 19.6

Age Deaths per 100,000 population
Under 21 3.9
21 to 34 49.1
35 to 54 55.9
55 and over 11.0

Death rates by sex and age: Drug-related suicide, 2010
Sex Deaths per 100,000 population
Male 3.5
Female 1.8

Age Deaths per 100,000 population
Under 21 *
21 to 34 4.1
35 to 54 4.0
55 and over 2.6

Place of death, 2010
Drug-related Deaths
Health care facility 119
Home 281
Public place 24
Other 91
Not documented 0

Drug-related suicide Deaths
Health care facility 12
Home 26
Public place *
Other 9
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 424 515 62 47 48 7
Alcohol 116 94 * 12 16 *
Cocaine 56 70 12 7 7 0
Marijuana 4 * * 0 * 0
Stimulants * 22 * * * *
Club drugs 0 0 0 0 0 0
Hallucinogens 0 0 0 0 0 0
Inhalants * * * 0 * 0
Antidepressants 81 109 * 15 12 *
Antipsychotics 4 18 0 * * 0
Benzodiazepines 227 330 0 18 22 *
Misc. anxiolytics, sedatives, and hypnotics 48 44 * 8 4 0
Opiates/opioids 350 452 36 20 30 *
– Heroin (specified) 38 30 9 0 * 0
– Methadone 70 78 4 * * 0
– All other opiates/opioids 278 396 23 17 30 *
Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory agents 0 0 0 0 * 0
Salicylates/combinations 0 0 0 0 0 0
Misc. analgesics/combinations 20 24 0 4 6 0
Anticonvulsants 6 17 0 * * 0
Muscle relaxants 35 26 0 * 5 *

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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