2021 was the deadliest year in U.S. history – for multiple reasons, according to a new report.
3.465 million deaths were reported in the U.S. last year, the highest single-year death toll in the nation’s history.
The biggest cause of the increase was COVID-19 – accounting for 65,000 more deaths than in 2020.
Drug overdose deaths also saw a significant spike – especially among young people age 14-18.
Deaths from cancer, diabetes, liver disease, and stroke also increased last year.