Rise in Drug Overdose Deaths Contributes to Increase in Organ Transplants
A new study finds the rise in drug overdose deaths in the United States has contributed to an increase in organ transplants, CNN reports.
A variety of drugs and drug combinations carry the risk of fatal overdose. Emergency protocol for any suspected overdose includes calling 911. However, in the case of opioids, which includes heroin and prescription pain medications like Vicodin, OxyContin and Percocet, naloxone (also known by the brand name Narcan) can reverse an overdose, potentially saving a loved one’s life.