A tragic epidemic is apparently having some positive effects. Organ recovery centers say the opioid crisis is contributing to an increase in organ donations. The CEO of Gift of Life Michigan, Dorrie Dils, says last year 50 donors died of drug overdoses compared to 20 in 2014.
“That year over year is a 55% increase.” - Dorrie Dils, Gift of Life Michigan
Dils says sometimes something good can come from an overdose that is often heartbreaking for family and loved ones.
“In some cases, in spite of chronic drug use, they do have some organs that are still transplantable”
According to Dils Gift of Life has seen a 26% increase in organ donations since 2014.