Really? An upside to Heroin Overdoses?
“Organ banks around the country have noted an increasing number of organs becoming available from donors who have died of overdoses.” Say’s Radio Host Robin Young
I was shocked when I heard the headlines on 89.1 WUFT Gainesville, FL. The story is from the Here & Now show with Robin Young who discusses the issue with Alexandra Glazier, president of the New England Organ Bank and Eileen Grugan, a Philadelphia mother whose son donated organs after dying of overdose in 2011. Eileen Grugan did an amazingly giving thing at such a crucial time. I think many mothers would shutter at the thought of donating their child’s organs right after they died. Here are Mrs. Grugans very words.
“When that person, when that doctor, asked if we had thought of donation, it was like a hand of God had reached right through and grabbed us.”– Eileen Grugan
The station has great news and heartfelt informative shows and hosts. When I heard on the “Here and Now” show of the sharp rise in Heroin deaths in the U.S. I was dismayed.
Organ banks around the country have noted an increasing number of organs becoming available from donors who have died of overdoses. The New England Organ Bank notes that in 2010 there were eight overdose victims who donated organs in the region; in 2015 there were 54. Nationally, 848 organs became available from overdose victims in 2015.
Here is the link so you can read the story for yourself that I listed to on WUFT radio Gainesville. http://hereandnow.wbur.org/2016/05/26/overdose-organ-donation