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Virginia Beach-Norfolk-Newport News, VA-NC

Drug-related deaths reported to DAWN 110
Drug-related suicide deaths reported to DAWN 20
Metro area population, 2007 1,658,754
Population covered by DAWN 1,634,794
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 (15) 110 6.7 20 1.2 1,634,794
1. Currituck County, NC*         23,960
2. Chesapeake City, VA 15 6.8 1 0.5 219,154
3. Gloucester County, VA 2 5.2 1 2.6 38,336
4. Hampton City, VA 7 4.8 3 2.0 146,439
5. Isle of Wight County, VA 1 2.9 1 2.9 35,035
6. James City County, VA 2 3.3 1 1.6 61,195
7. Mathews County, VA 0 0.0 0 0.0 9,041
8. Newport News City, VA 8 4.5 3 1.7 179,153
9. Norfolk City, VA 32 13.6 4 1.7 235,747
10. Poquoson City, VA 1 8.4 0 0.0 11,858
11. Portsmouth City, VA 9 8.8 1 1.0 101,967
12. Suffolk City, VA 2 2.5 0 0.0 81,332
13. Surry County, VA 1 14.1 0 0.0 7,089
14. Virginia Beach City, VA 30 6.9 5 1.2 434,743
15. Williamsburg City, VA 0 0.0 0 0.0 12,434
16. York County, VA 0 0.0 0 0.0 61,271

Deaths by manner of death, 2007
Suicide 15.4%
Homicide 0.8%
Could not be determined 1.5%
Accidental 79.2%
Natural 3.1%

Place of death, 2007
Drug-related Deaths
Health care facility 20
Home 66
Public place 9
Other 14
Not documented --

Drug-related suicide Deaths
Health care facility --
Home 15
Public place 0
Other --
Not documented 0

Top 5 drugs involved: Drug-related deaths, 2007
Drug category Single-drug deaths Multi-drug deaths Total
Opiates/opioids 24 63 87
Cocaine 13 27 40
Alcohol 0 32 32
Benzodiazepines 0 15 15
Antidepressants 0 15 15

Top 5 drugs involved: Drug-related suicide deaths, 2007
Drug category Single-drug deaths Multi-drug deaths Total
Opiates/opioids 3 5 8
Misc. anxiolytics, sedatives, and hypnotics 2 5 7
Antidepressants 1 6 7
Benzodiazepines 0 5 5
Alcohol 0 5 5

Death rates by gender and age: Drug-related, 2007
Gender Deaths per 100,000 population
Male 9.0
Female 4.5

Age Deaths per 100,000 population
Under 21 1.2
21 to 34 9.2
35 to 54 13.9
55 and over 2.4

Death rates by gender and age: Drug-related suicide, 2007
Gender Deaths per 100,000 population
Male 0.5
Female 1.9

Age Deaths per 100,000 population
Under 21 0.0
21 to 34 1.8
35 to 54 2.3
55 and over 0.9

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   110 39   20 6
Alcohol*   32 0   5 0
Cocaine   40 13   -- 0
Marijuana   -- 0   0 0
Stimulants   -- --   0 0
Club drugs   0 0   0 0
Hallucinogens††   0 0   0 0
Inhalants   0 0   0 0
Antidepressants   15 0   7 --
Antipsychotics   7 0   -- 0
Benzodiazepines   15 0   5 0
Misc. anxiolytics, sedatives, and hypnotics   10 0   7 --
Opiates/opioids   87 24   8 --
– Heroin (specified)   28 11   -- 0
– Methadone   23 7   -- --
– All other opiates/opioids   40 6   6 --
Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory agents   0 0   0 0
Salicylates/combinations   0 0   0 0
Misc. analgesics/combinations   -- 0   -- 0
Anticonvulsants   4 0   0 0
Muscle relaxants   7 --   -- 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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