B.C. transplant specialist says drug overdose organ donors on the rise (Dr. David Landsberg)
There has been a spike in the proportion of organs coming from donors who have died of drug overdoses in British Columbia, says a leading transplant specialist.
Dr. David Landsberg, head of the province's renal transplant program, said 25 per cent of the deceased donors that have come into the program so far in 2017 were the result of overdoses.
“Unfortunately, always when there is a donation there's been a tragedy,” Landsberg said. “But for patients who have been in desperate need of transplants, it's been a blessing.”
George Omand reports