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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 Credit: TRAVIS LUPICK)
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 Credit: TRAVIS LUPICK)

As the province celebrates its 5,000th British Columbian alive today thanks to a transplant, there’s one group of people—a group that’s often harshly stigmatized—who deserve special recognition for the milestone.

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.

Click here to read the full story in The Georgia Straight.

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