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Health & Fit Organs from drug overdoses could help transplant shortage

01:11  17 april  2018
01:11  17 april  2018 Source:   ap.org

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WASHINGTON — Fatal drug overdoses are increasing organ donations and researchers reported Monday that people who receive those transplants “This is not an ideal or sustainable solution to the organ shortage ,” lead researcher Dr. Christine Durand wrote in the journal Annals of Internal Medicine.

Fatal drug overdoses are increasing organ donations, and researchers reported Monday, April 16, 2018, that people who receive those transplants “This is not an ideal or sustainable solution to the organ shortage ,” lead researcher Dr. Christine Durand wrote in the journal Annals of Internal Medicine.

WASHINGTON — Fatal drug overdoses are increasing organ donations, and new research says people who receive those transplants generally fare as well as patients given organs from more traditional donors.

Researchers from Johns Hopkins University report those transplants have jumped nearly 24-fold since 2000, to 3,533 transplants in 2016.

Monday's study cautions that overdose-related donations aren't a solution for the nation's organ shortage. After all, nearly 115,000 people are on the national transplant waiting list, and relatively few overdose deaths occur in circumstances that allow organ donation.

Still, the study concludes those organs work well enough that when they are available, they should be carefully considered for appropriate transplant candidates.

The study was reported in Annals of Internal Medicine.

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