There's a 24-fold rise in organ transplants from drug overdose donors By Jacqueline Howard , CNN Updated 2012 GMT (0412 HKT) April 17, 2018 Chat with us in Facebook Messenger. They are people I admire. Camille Nelson Kotton, clinical director of transplant and immunocompromised host infectious diseases at Massachusetts General Hospital, wrote an editorial accompanying the new study. The discard rate for ODD organs was higher than that of TDD organs and, except for lungs, lower than that of MDD organs.
From 2000 to 2017, the number of overdose-death donors increased by 17 percent every year. Christine Durand wrote in the medical journal. Rates of drug-overdose deaths have more than tripled in the United States since 2000, driven by rising addiction to opioids. As organ donors, victims of fatal drug overdose are a mixed lot. Still, the stigma, legal concerns and specialized consent procedures for organs donated by overdose victims may make transplant surgeons and patients more reluctant to accept them, the authors wrote.