Drug Abuse | As the drug crisis kills thousands each year, an uptick in organ donations from addicts who have died
by Emily Belz
Posted 2/06/19, 04:06 pm
A New York moment:
I had a dinner conversation recently with Dr. Mark Merlin, who oversees much of New Jersey’s emergency medical services. The drug crisis has stretched EMS departments, but Merlin shared one silver lining from the sad crisis: Hospitals have begun using organs from deceased addicts to save lives. The problem, according to Merlin, is making sure the transfer system works. He said many life-saving organs are left on the scene, never to make it to a hospital for transplants.