Organ Donations Up During State’s Opioid Crisis
The organs from overdose victims have helped fuel a recent increase in organ donations, in the state, mirroring national trends. According to the Associated Press and the Detroit News, overdose victims are typically younger than most donors and can have healthy organs despite their addictions. Michigan reported 320 donors last year, a 26 percent increase from 2014. According to Dorrie Dils, CEO of Gift of Life Michigan, said they’re not encouraged by the opioid crisis, but she said organ donation does open up amazing opportunities for somebody else.