One in 11 organ donors died of drug overdose

Nearly 10 percent of organ donors are the victims of a drug overdose, according to The Washington Post. In 2015, 848 organ donors' deaths were caused by drug intoxication, according to data from the Organ Procurement and Transplantation Network. This represents a 50 percent increase over the past five years. "The increase in donors in the past year is pretty substantial and not really anticipated," said David Klassen, chief medical officer for the United Network for Organ Sharing. "A significant part of it can be explained by the drug overdoses as contributing to it, but not all of it. There's a lot of effort in the transplant community to increase donation and awareness of seeking every last donor and try to be as efficient as possible." Article