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Organ donation on the rise as fatal drug overdoses mount

from The Washington Post

One in 11 deceased organ donors across the country last year had a history of injecting drugs and died of a drug overdose, a rate that has more than tripled in less than a decade. It's closer to 1 in 6 in Maryland. That means Maryland has "one of the highest rates in the country," said Charles Alexander, president and chief executive of the Living Legacy Foundation, which coordinates organ donations across much of the state. "It's sadly reflective of the epidemic." more


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