Use Prescription Marijuana? No Transplant!
Did you hear the story about the Seattle, Washington man who died after being denied a liver transplant because he used physician prescribed marijuana?
This horror story is just another effect of the failure of our “altruistic” organ donation system. It hasn’t worked for twenty-four years and will not work in the next twenty-four, or fifty-four or a hundred-four. To prevent this kind of discrimination we simply must change our approach to organ donation. Until we do, hospitals will continue to discriminate based on who they believe is the best candidate to receive a donated organ. The best candidate, though, is not always the sickest candidate.
Ironically, the continued use of other addictive medicines like Oxycodone, do not automatically disqualify patients from transplant lists, because they are legal. Wow, what convoluted logic.
I don’t know what kind of evidence is necessary for us to change the system to presumed consent and financial incentives (see my blog of May 13, 2008), but what more do we need? Over 150,000 people have died because the current system could not provide them with needed organs. Isn’t twenty-four years of failure evidence enough?
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