According to final statistics on Thursday, around 107,000 Americans died from drug overdoses in 2017.
The U.S. government’s official figure was 106,699. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
That is over 16% more than the anticipated 92,000 overdose fatalities in 2020.
Earlier, preliminary data revealed that more than 107,000 overdose deaths occurred in the previous year.
According to a CDC representative, the figures may have changed due to adding some new death data.
He also said that the final statistics only contain overdose deaths among Americans, while the interim data covers all overdose deaths.
The CDC also published a final report on deaths in the United States in 2021 on Thursday.
As was previously said, more than 3.4 million Americans passed away that year, an increase of over 80,000 from the previous year.
After heart disease, cancer, and COVID-19, accidental accidents, which include drug overdoses, were the fourth most common reason for death.
The average lifespan has decreased to 76 years and five months.