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Hope From Tragedy: Opioid Epidemic Leads To More Organ Donations

from By Denise A. Valenti

There are more than 119,000 men, women and children on lists waiting for organ transplants, and every day at least 22 of these will die due to lack of organs. Only 3 out every 1,000 deaths have organs suitable for donation, but one death can save up to eight lives. Interestingly, upward swings of drug use and drug epidemics lead to a greater number of organ donations. The recent heroin/opioid epidemic across the U.S. is a perfect example. more

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