The U.S. opioid epidemic has been associated with a sharp increase in the recovery of organs from brain-dead donors, according to a letter to the editor published in The New England Journal of Medicine.
Mandeep R. Mehra, MD, professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School and medical director of the Heart and Vascular Center at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, and colleagues said U.S. data indicate that survival among recipients of allografts from donors who died from drug intoxication is similar to survival among recipients from donors who died from other causes, but these data are not consistent in European countries.
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