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Searching for solutions to the opioid crisis (Modern Healthcare)

Healthcare executives and public health officials pushed for easier access to drugs that reduce dependency on painkillers, as well as for a less punitive approach to dealing with those addicted to opioids, in sessions at a conference on April 25-26.

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Hospitals can fight the opioid crisis by treating addiction like the disease it is (Modern Healthcare)

In their guest commentary, Evan Behrle, Dr. Shelly Choo and Dr. Leana Wen discuss the Health Department's Levels of Care initiative. 

In many doctor's offices and hospitals across the country, the response to someone seeking addiction treatment is simple: "We don't do that here."We are living through the deadliest drug epidemic in American history. Overdose is now the leading cause of death for Americans under age 50. "We don't do that here"

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Bmore Healthy Newsletter: May 4, 2018

Click here to read the 5/4/18 newsletter. 

In this issue:

  • Note from the Commissioner
  • Mayor Pugh and Dr. Wen Announce Initiative with Hospitals to Improve Treatment for Opioid Use Disorder 
  • Dr. Wen Gives Keynote Address at AARP Leadership Day
  • Dr. Wen Voices Support for Baltimore City “Diaper Duty” Legislation  
  • & More

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Note From The Commissioner: Fostering a Culture of Equity, Diversity, and Respect.

Last Saturday, I had the honor of participating in the 2018 Women of the World (WOW) Festival held at Notre Dame of Maryland University. I shared my personal and professional journey with some incredible trailblazing women, including Major General Linda Singh, the first African-American and first woman to become Adjutant General of Maryland.

I was especially honored to meet Tarana Burke, the founder of the #MeToo movement, whose personal story and heroic resilience has been so moving to witness. Ms. Burke spoke about the intersection of race, gender, and class in her experience as a survivor of sexual violence and as an advocate for women and girls.

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Trending News Today (Specialty Pharmacy Times)

Baltimore, Maryland’s health department and a national advocacy group urged the Trump administration to invoke government authority to slash naloxone prices and increase access to the opioid overdo


Baltimore Officials Urge Trump To Lower Naloxone Price Through Law Last Considered During Anthrax Scare (Inside Health Policy)

Baltimore health officials are urging the Trump administration to use a law, which was last considered by the Bush administration during the 2001 anthrax scare , to cut the price of the opioid-over

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Renowned Journalist Nicholas Kristof Speaks On Justice And Society (University of Maryland School of Medicine)

Renowned New York Times journalist Nicholas Kristof will speak on May 3 at the Peabody Library in Baltimore on the need to build a fairer society. Among those attending will be Baltimore Commissioner of Health Dr. Leana Wen, former Maryland Sen. Barbara Mikulski and Robert L. Caret, chancellor of the University System of Maryland. The program will also feature Dr. Wen, who will speak about public health in Baltimore.

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Hospitals Roundup—Baltimore, hospitals team up on new opioid initiative; NIH finally launches All of Us campaign (Fierce Healthcare)

Baltimore hospitals will have new incentives for better addressing the opioid crisis—and sharing best practices with their counterparts across the city—under a new initiative announced by the city's top officials Monday.

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Gov’t Urged To Invoke Authority To Boost OD Antidote Access (WJZ)

The Baltimore City Health Department is looking to the Trump administration to expand access to the overdose reversal drug naloxone. It’s not the supply but the cost of the drug that jurisdictions like Baltimore are struggling with.

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Baltimore urges feds to invoke authority to boost OD antidote access (Daily Record)

The Trump administration should invoke government authority to slash prices of a life-saving overdose drug or provide funding to expand access amid the coast-to-coast opioid epidemic, Baltimore’s health department and a national advocacy group said Thursday.

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