Opioid Epidemic Associated With Increase in Organ Donations

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(Clinical Pain Advisor) – The number of transplants of organs from brain-dead donors has risen sharply in the United States, primarily due to the increase in mortality associated with the drug-abuse epidemic, according to a study published in New England Journal of Medicine.

The study examined data on donors and transplantation over a 17-year period in the United States and in 8 European countries.

Investigators examined survival outcomes of individuals who received heart or lung transplants from donors who died from drug intoxication or other causes. CONTINUE