“Not surprisingly, heroin addicts are more likely to die sooner rather than later.
But it might come as a surprise that they’re also more likely to be registered organ donors. And when they die of overdoses but aren’t registered, their families are highly likely to donate their organs, probably out of desire for some good to come from the death.
More than any other group, the opioid crisis has impacted younger white people from the suburbs. People in that demographic also are the most likely to be registered organ donors through steps such as having it noted on their driver’s licenses. Among overdose victims, 46 percent are registered donors, compared to 29 percent of the overall population of potential donors, according to the Gift of Life’s Hasz.
When people aren’t registered, the decision on whether to donate organs goes to their families. Among the general population of potential donors — people declared brain dead while on life support — about 63 percent end up as organ donors. But among overdose victims, the figure is 83 percent, Hasz said.”
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Source: PennLive.com – December 8, 2016