Organ Donation And The Opioid Epidemic: ‘An Unexpected Life-Saving Legacy’

KHN, 18 October 2016
Author: Martha Bebinger
“There is a nine-fold increase so far in donations from drug users across New England since 2010. So far this year, more than one in four, or 27 percent, of donations in New England are from people who died after a drug overdose. Nationally, that rate is 12 percent for the same time period. That legacy is much more dramatic in New England than across the U.S. as a whole, where organ donations from drug users are up from 341 in 2010 to 790 through Aug. 31 of this year. It’s not clear why.”
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