2021 deadliest year in U.S. history due to COVID-19 drug overdose

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2021 was the more deadly year in the history of the United States.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), there were 3.465 million deaths last year.

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That number is about 80,000 more than the 2020 record total.

The agency’s Robert Anderson, who oversees its work on death statistics, told The Associated Press that the main reason for the increase was coronavirus – although more Americans have updated vaccines.

Coronavirus deaths went from 351,000 in 2020 to over 415,000 as new variants and sub-variants emerged.

Healthcare workers carry the deceased person's body from Wyckoff Heights Medical Center during the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak in the Brooklyn neighborhood of New York City, New York, USA, April 2, 2020.

Healthcare workers carry the deceased person’s body from Wyckoff Heights Medical Center during the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak in the Brooklyn neighborhood of New York City, New York, USA, April 2, 2020.
(REUTERS / Brendan Mcdermid)

However, COVID-19 wasn’t the only killer.

Preliminary data from the CDC showed the crude death rate for cancer it rose slightly and increased mortality rates from diabetes, chronic liver disease and stroke.

Even if it doesn’t have a number for 2021 yet overdose deaths, CDC interim data as of October suggests the United States can expect at least 105,000 overdose deaths last year, up from 93,000 in 2020.

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Research Published Tuesday by UCLA, Harvard Medical School and Local Public Safety Coordinating Council in Portland, Oregon, it showed a sharp increase in overdose deaths among teenagers aged 14 to 18.

Teen overdose deaths were only about 1% of the U.S. total, but the group experienced a greater relative increase than the overall population, to which experts attributed fentanyl.

In terms of life expectancy in the United States – an estimate of the average number of years a baby born in a given year could expect to live – the CDC has not yet reported its calculation for 2021.

In 2020, the estimate was more than a year and a half lower than in 2019, at around 77 years.

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Researchers believe the number dropped by another five to six months in 2021.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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