Organ Donations From Drug Overdoses Skyrocket During Opioid Epidemic06:21
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At his home in Haverhill, Colin LePage leafs through newspapers he shows to middle-schoolers to educate them about the dangers of drugs. (Martha Bebinger/WBUR)
At his home in Haverhill, Colin LePage leafs through newspapers he shows to middle-schoolers to educate them about the dangers of drugs. (Martha Bebinger/WBUR)

Across the country, many of the men and women who die today from a drug overdoses will leave a heart, liver, lungs or kidneys that will save someone else's life.

Since 2010, organ donations from drug users are up nationwide. That's especially true in New England.

And while some families say they find comfort in knowing that their son or sister's heart beats on for others, organ donation seems to compound their grief. Martha Bebinger from Here & Now contributor WBUR reports.

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Martha Bebinger, reporter for WBUR. She tweets @mbebinger.

This segment aired on October 17, 2016.

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