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Opioid crisis spurred increase in organ transplants, study finds

from Becker's Hospital Review

As the opioid epidemic increases the number of organ donors dying from drug overdoses, an analysis published in The New England Journal of Medicine found this increase has led to more organ transplants in the last five years. The researchers investigated how drug-related deaths affected organ donations and patient outcomes by looking at data on donors and transplantation over a 17-year period in the U.S. and compared it to data from Eurotransplant, a collective of all transplantation centers in eight European countries. more


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