Nearly 107,000 Americans died of drug overdoses last year, according to the final figures released Thursday.
The official number was 106,699, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). That’s about 16% more than the nearly 92,000 overdose deaths in 2020.
Provisional data pointed to more than 107,000 overdose deaths last year. A spokeswoman for the CDC said the number is subject to change as additional deaths are reported. In addition, the provisional data includes all overdose deaths, while the final figure is limited to US residents, he said.
The CDC also released a final report on Thursday for total deaths in the United States in 2021. As previously released, more than 3.4 million Americans died that year, an increase of more than 80,000 from the previous year. Accidental injuries – which include drug overdoses – were the fourth leading cause of death after heart disease, cancer and COVID-19. Life expectancy dropped to about 76 years and five months.