Based on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention record, more deaths were recorded in the United States in 2021 compared to the previous years.
Robert Anderson, who oversees the CDC death statistics, revealed 3.465 million deaths last year, or about 80,000 more than 2020′s record-setting total.
The CDC said the top leading deaths in the US last years are the COVID-19 and drug overdose.
The latest CDC data shows that COVID-19 deaths rose in 2021 — to more than 415,000, up from 351,000.
The CDC data also shows that drug overdose deaths also continued to rise. The CDC does not yet have a tally for 2021 overdose deaths because lab work and investigation can take weeks to identify them.
But provisional data through October suggests the nation is on track to see at least 105,000 overdose deaths in 2021 — up from 93,000.
A new study released Tuesday showed a huge jump in overdose deaths among 14- to 18-year-olds.
Medical experts said the rising number of drug overdoses could be blamed on fentanyl, a highly lethal drug that has been cut into heroin for several years.
Sources said more recently, it’s also been pressed into counterfeit pills resembling prescription drugs that teens sometimes abuse.