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Thursday, July 15, 2021



Annual Number of Automobile Accident Deaths

Annual Number of Drug Overdose Deaths

I was surprised to find that that number of deaths from drug overdoses was so high. In the last few years it has exceeded the number of deaths from automobile accidents.

Every year about three million people die in the United States, about one percent of the population. Most of those deaths are old people.

The combined total of the automobile accident deaths and drug overdose deaths is less than 150,000, which is about five percent of the annual total for all causes.

"During 2020, COVID-19 was listed as the underlying or contributing cause of 377,883 deaths (91.5 per 100,000 population)." - Provisional Mortality Data — United States, 2020

That means COVID related deaths were about 10% of the total.

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