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City to certify hospitals that adopt best practices for treating opioid addiction (Baltimore Fishbowl)

In a new initiative being launched with 11 Baltimore hospitals, the City Health Department plans to certify each one that adopts “best practices” for treating patients who overdose on opioids or are struggling with addiction. 

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New Baltimore initiative hopes to more closely involve hospitals in fight against opioid epidemic (Baltimore Sun)

Baltimore officials will announce an initiative on Monday meant to give the city’s 11 hospitals incentive to play a bigger role in ending the opioid epidemic.

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Baltimore City Officials Urge Residents to Safely Dispose of Unused Prescription Drugs

BALTIMORE, MD (APRIL 27) - On Saturday, April 28, Baltimore City officials will recognize National Prescription Drug Take Back Day, a nationwide initiative to highlight safe, convenient, and responsible means of disposing of prescription drugs in communities, while raising awareness about prescription drug addiction.

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Bmore Healthy Newsletter: April 27, 2018

Click here to read the 4/27/18 newsletter.

In this issue:

  • Note from the Commissioner
  • Judge Rules in Favor of Baltimore City in Lawsuit Against Trump Administration for Funding Cut to Teen Pregnancy Prevention Program
  • Dr. Wen Gives Pre-Conference Keynote Address at Modern Healthcare’s Opioid Crisis Symposium
  • Dr. Wen Participates in Panel at Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc.'s 70th Annual Second District Conference
  • & More

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Note From The Commissioner: A Victory for Baltimore Youth and Science

On Wednesday night, Judge Catherine Blake of the U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland ruled in Baltimore City’s favor in our Teen Pregnancy Prevention suit against the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Judge Blake granted the City’s motion for summary judgment, ruling that the federal government’s decision-making was arbitrary and capricious.

This victory is a victory for the youth of Baltimore City, and for the use of science and evidence in education and health. It means that students in our City will continue to receive evidence-based, science-based teen pregnancy prevention education. It means that we will continue to be able to build capacity for teachers who are specifically trained to teach physiology, STD and HIV prevention, and holistic curricula to empower teens to make the best choices for themselves. It means that we will be able to continue our work in reducing teen birth rates, which fell 61% in Baltimore between 2000 and 2016—and that we will not roll back the gains that we have made.

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Feds Lose in Court Over Funding for Baltimore Teen Pregnancy Program (DELMARVA Public Radio)

 A judge has sided with Baltimore over the federal government in a fight over funding for the nationwide Teen Pregnancy Prevention Program.

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Experts Urge Faster Movement on Health Care Data (U.S. News & World Report)

HEALTH PROFESSIONALS shouldn't wait for the perfect data to come along before planning interventions to improve population health, experts say, because there is no perfect data. 

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Class-action lawsuit targets Trump cuts to teen pregnancy prevention (The Hill)

A class-action lawsuit filed Friday morning argues the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) illegally ended grants to 81 organizations participating in a federal teen pregnancy prevention program. 

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Federal judge rules against Trump Administration over termination of HHS grant (WEAA)

By issuing this ruling, Judge Blake vacated HHS’s decision to prematurely terminate Baltimore’s five-year Teen Pregnancy Prevention Grant, and ordered HHS to process Baltimore’s application for continued funding under the grant.  Baltimore City Health Commissioner Dr. Leana Wen talked with WEAA’s Julius White about the ruling.

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Congress and the President Must Respond to the Opioid Crisis (The Afro)

In this op-ed, Representative Elijah Cummings discusses the opioid epidemic, Dr. Wen's advice about how to combat it, and the legislation he and Senator Warren recently introduced, the Comprehensive Addiction Resources Emergency (CARE) Act. 

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