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So many people are dying of drug overdoses that they’re easing the donated organ shortage

Shared by Radhika Narayanan | 827 11 1 | about 1 year ago

America’s opioid epidemic has had far-reaching and generally devastating consequences.

Now, the impact is being seen in organ donations.

Coinciding with a rise in drug-related deaths, the number of organ donors who died of drug overdoses has sharply increased in recent years — “a silver lining to what is absolutely a tragedy,” Alexandra K. Glazier, president of the New England Organ Bank, recently told U.S. News & World Report.

Last year, 848 organ donors died of drug intoxication, according to Organ Procurement and Transplantation Network data. And while such organ donors have become more common over the decades, the recent numbers show a staggering jump.

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