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Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV: District of Columbia

Drug misuse deaths reported to DAWN 96
Suicide deaths reported to DAWN 9
Population 553,523
Drug misuse deaths per 1,000,000 population 173.4
Suicide deaths per 1,000,000 population 16.3

Drug-related deaths by drug category, 2003-2004
Drug category Drug misuse Suicide
Deaths,
2003
Deaths,
2004
Single-drug
deaths,
2004
Deaths,
2003
Deaths,
2004
Single-drug
deaths,
2004
1 Includes alcohol in combination with other drugs (all ages) and alcohol alone in decedents under age 21.
2 Includes MDMA (Ecstasy), GHB, flunitrazepam (Rohypnol), and ketamine.
3 Includes PCP, LSD, and miscellaneous hallucinogens.
ALL DRUGS 147 96 46 8 9 8
Alcohol1 51 14 0 4 0 0
Cocaine 87 59 27 0 -- --
Marijuana -- 0 0 0 0 0
Stimulants -- 0 0 0 0 0
Club drugs2 0 0 0 0 0 0
Hallucinogens3 4 -- 0 -- -- --
Inhalants 0 0 0 0 0 0
 
Antidepressants 8 5 0 4 0 0
Antipsychotics -- -- 0 0 -- --
Benzodiazepines 5 4 0 0 0 0
Misc. anxiolytics, sedatives, and hypnotics -- 0 0 -- -- 0
Opiates/opioids 81 67 19 -- 5 4
– Heroin (specified) 5 5 -- 0 0 0
– Methadone 20 10 -- 0 -- --
– All other opiates/opioids 63 59 14 -- -- --
Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory agents 0 0 0 0 0 0
Salicylates/combinations -- 0 0 0 0 0
Misc. analgesics/combinations 0 0 0 -- 0 0
Anticonvulsants 0 0 0 0 0 0
Muscle relaxants 0 0 0 0 0 0

Deaths by case type, 2004
Suicide 8.6%
Overmedication 11.4%
Homicide 0.0%
All other accidental 77.1%
Could not be determined 2.9%

Causes of death, 2004
Drug misuse Deaths
Any drug-related cause 96
– Abuse 4
– Drug or alcohol 96
– Toxic effects 89
Body systems (includes infections) 34
Accidents and injuries --

Place of death, 2004
Drug misuse Deaths
Health care facility 41
Home 22
Public place 8
Other 15
Not documented 10

Death rates by gender and age: Drug misuse, 2004
Gender Deaths per 1,000,000 population
Male 259.3
Female 95.9

Age Deaths per 1,000,000 population
Under 21 0.0
21 to 34 75.7
35 to 54 478.7
55 and over 89.5

Top 5 drugs involved: Drug misuse deaths, 2004
Drug category Single-drug deaths Multi-drug deaths Total
Opiates/opioids 19 48 67
Cocaine 27 32 59
Alcohol 0 14 14
Antidepressants 0 5 5
Benzodiazepines 0 4 4

End Notes
-- Indicates a number less than 4 has been suppressed.
SOURCE: Office of Applied Studies, SAMHSA, Drug Abuse Warning Network 2004 (11/2005 update).

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