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One-third of organs donated in B.C. in 2018 came from people who died of a drug overdose (SPH)

There were 1,535 illicit-drug overdose deaths in B.C. in 2018, compared to an average of 204 deaths annually from 2001 to 2010. (Photo courtesy of Travis Lupik / The Georgia Straight)
There were 1,535 illicit-drug overdose deaths in B.C. in 2018, compared to an average of 204 deaths annually from 2001 to 2010. (Photo courtesy of Travis Lupik / The Georgia Straight)

This afternoon (July 19) B.C. health minister Adrian Dix convened a small celebration in a rooftop garden at St. Paul’s Hospital. The group gathered commemorate the province’s 5,000th person alive today who was saved by an organ transplant.

“The success of organ transplant is a transformative feat of expertise, coordination, and caring through the province,” he said.

The Provincial Health Services Authority’s Dr. Maureen O’Donnell joined Dix there and praised those who made it possible.

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