By FrequencyPublished: September 11, 2010Posted in: Drugs/ChemicalsSource: Respect Drugs.com
My question is, in the state of New York, if a person overdoses on an “oral drug” (not heroin or cocaine, etc.) and dies, can any of their organs be donated, or are they all basically trashed? If certain organs can be donated, which ones? If it matters what they overdose on, you pick something because it doesn’t really matter to me, this is all hypothetical.
P.S. I am not planning on overdosing, I just saw something on an episode of “House” that made me wonder.
The answer is yes — so long as a decedent meets brain death criteria it does not matter how they died (homicide, OD, suicide, etc.) — all organs are potentially procurable for transplantation, just as they would be if someone were to become an organ donor after a stroke, MI, etc. (Aiden)