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Baltimore Observes International Overdose Awareness Day (WJZ)

International Overdose Awareness Day had cities all over the world, including Baltimore, struggling to save lives and fight addiction.

In 2017, more than 72,000 people died of overdoses in the U.S., or nearly 200 people a day.

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Note From The Commissioner: Celebrating Dedicated Public Servants

I was delighted to celebrate our accomplishments and review our priorities at the Baltimore City Health Department’s annual All-Staff Meeting. I am so proud to work with the incredible women and men of our Health Department and our partners. It is your work that made us the 2018 National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO) Local Health Department of the Year. I want to commend you, congratulate you, and thank you for working so hard to promote health and wellbeing in Baltimore City. As Mayor Catherine Pugh said in her thanks to our team, in every way, we are working at the frontlines to bring core services to our fellow residents.

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Congressman Elijah Cummings, Mayor Catherine Pugh and Dr. Leana Wen Commemorate International Overdose Awareness Day

BALTIMORE, MD (August 31, 2018) —Today, Congressman Elijah E. Cummings, Mayor Catherine E. Pugh, Baltimore City Health Commissioner Dr. Leana S. Wen, and community leaders observed International Overdose Awareness Day at Baltimore City Hall. 

Code Red extended through Thursday in Baltimore City (WBAL)

City Health Commissioner Dr. Leana Wen has extended a Code Red Extreme Heat Alert through Thursday as the heat index is expected to be over 100 degrees Fahrenheit.

The heat index is a measure of air temperature and relative humidity and indicates how hot it feels to the human body.

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Where are Baltimore's hottest spots? Researchers crisscross city streets to map urban 'heat islands' (Baltimore Sun)

Temperatures in Baltimore officially peaked at 98 degrees Wednesday. But some city blocks might have baked at temperatures as much as 10 to 15 degrees higher.

In the high heat of the afternoon, a team of researchers and volunteers crisscrossed the city in cars equipped with temperature sensors to find out just how hot it gets, and where.

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Health Commissioner Extends Code Red Extreme Heat Alert through Thursday

BALTIMORE, MD (August 29, 2018) – With continued high temperatures in the Baltimore region and a  heat index expected to be over 101 degrees Fahrenheit Thursday, Baltimore City Health Commissioner Dr. Leana Wen has extended the previously announced Code Red Extreme Heat Alert through Thursday. August 30. 

Health Commissioner Extends Code Red Extreme Heat Alert through Thursday (Baltimore Jewish Life)

With continued high temperatures in the Baltimore region and a  heat index expected to be over 101 degrees Fahrenheit Thursday, Baltimore City Health Commissioner Dr. Leana Wen has extended the previously announced Code Red Extreme Heat Alert through Thursday. August 30.  The heat index is a measure of air temperature and relative humidity and indicates how hot it feels to the human body. 

“As Baltimore continues to experience very high temperatures this week, all residents should take precautions to protect against hyperthermia and dehydration,” Dr. Wen said. “Heat is a silent killer and a public health threat, particularly for the young, the elderly and those with chronic medical conditions. I urge everyone stay cool, stay hydrated, and stay in touch with your neighbors, especially seniors and medically frail individuals who live alone.”

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Dentists Screen 22K Marylanders For Hypertension (Washington Informer)

A grant by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has enabled dentists to screen more than 20,000 Marylanders for hypertension, or high blood pressure — a common risk factor for heart disease.

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Maryland pharmaceutical company buys maker of overdose reversal drug Narcan for $735 million (Baltimore Sun)

A Gaithersburg pharmaceutical company with significant Baltimore operations has acquired the maker of Narcan, a widely used opioid overdose reversal drug, and said it plans to develop more products to combat the nation’s opioid addiction and overdose epidemic.

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Code Red In Baltimore With 106-Degree Heat Index Forecast (Patch)

Temperatures may climb into the upper 90s in Charm City on Tuesday and feel like the triple digits for most of the afternoon. Wednesday is expected to be just as hot, if not hotter.

Baltimore Health Commissioner Leana Wen issued a code red extreme heat alert for Tuesday, Aug. 28, and Wednesday, Aug. 29. The alert means that the heat is severe enough to threaten the life or health of vulnerable residents, and people may need to use caution if they are outdoors.

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