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A serious shortage of organs means transplant surgeons are being forced to use body parts from drug addicts.
Between 2002 and 2007 some 450 organs came from donors with a history of drug abuse, which may affect the quality of the organ and raise infection risks.
The lack of viable organs is due in part to the fact that fewer healthy people are dying in car accidents, when organs can often be retrieved intact.
There is currently debate on whether to overhaul the system of organ donation.
The government is examining a proposal that everyone should be put on the organ donor register, unless they specifically "opt out".