Education Corner: The Opioid Epidemic – Organ Donation & Organ Transplantation

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The Impact on Organ Donation

The U.S. epidemic of opioid addiction and overdose has significantly impacted another major health crisis concerning the pressing need for life-saving organ transplants. The collision of the two crises has led to an increase in organ availability due to the generous gift of grieving families who have lost a ...

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Opioid epidemic leads to more organ donors, transplants across the country

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In a rising tide of tragedy with no end in sight, figures through half of this year point to another record year of opiod-related deaths across the country in 2017.

The number of organ donors who died of overdoses more than doubled across the country from 625 in 2014 to 1,263 in 2016, and is projected to rise to about 1,400 this year, according to federal data. That same data shows that most of that increase came from Appalachian states like ...

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A Family’s Loss to Opioid Addiction Becomes a Gift to Others

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The heroin epidemic has brought tragedy to thousands of families, but some have found comfort in a trend quietly picking up momentum. The Grugan family of Pennsylvania is among those who’ve donated the organs of a loved one who died from a drug overdose to help save other lives.

Eileen Grugan said her son, Charles, had checked off the organ donor box years before his death from a heroin overdose at age 33. “He was checking it off because he believed ...

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