Huge increase in opioid deaths has caused a huge increase in organ donations

A new trend is emerging from the opioid crisis.

The unfortunate increase in overdose deaths is making more organ donations possible.

The Indiana Donor Network says the numbers are going up year by year. Between 2016 and 2017, there was an 8 percent increase in overdose-death donors.

It’s a trend happening across the U.S. Since the year 2000, research indicates organ donations from OD victims have gone up 24-fold.

This boost in donations is providing hope for the nearly 115,000 people on a transplant list.

5,000 of those are in Indiana and Michigan.

One donor can provide 8 people with a lifesaving organ and can heal 75 lives with other parts of their body.

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