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Health officials petition FDA for warning labels on painkillers

City and state health directors are urging the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to put warning labels on powerful painkillers that can be fatal when taken with other drugs.

Opioids and Benzos not a good combination, health directors say

Baltimore Health Commissioner Leana Wen will join other health directors across the country today in asking the federal government to require a "black box warning" when prescribing opioids with a c

Opioids: R.I. health director sounds alert about painkiller/tranquilizer combination

Rhode Island’s health director is co-leading a nationwide petition drive to ur

Baltimore Health Officials Create Group To Combat Zika Virus

A special group has been put together to prepare for any potential dangers the Zika virus could have on Baltimore City.

This map looks at life expectancy in Baltimore neighborhoods and other countries

Sandtown Winchester residents have the same life expectancy as North Koreans. Wow.

That’s one takeaway from a new map produced by the Capital News Service.

Health Dept. enlists online training platform in fight against opioid overdoses

Baltimore’s health department believes an online training platform will expand access to training for a drug that reverses the effects of a heroin overdose.

A Plan to Avoid More Riots in Baltimore

Since the riots that broke out there last spring, Baltimore’s reputation has been defined, in many corners, by its impoverished communities and the roles police have played in 

Powdered Alcohol is Being Banned, Even After TPP Approval

For those who haven't heard, Palcohol is a new brand of powdered alcohol that got approval from the Tobacco, Tax and Trade Bureau on March 10th of last year, to be sold legally in

Baltimore Health Officials Announce New Online Training for Lifesaving Medication Naloxone

BALTIMORE, MD (February 17, 2016)– Baltimore City Health Commissioner Dr. Leana Wen today announces a new online platform that will train Baltimore City residents how to use naloxone, a medication that completely reverses the effect of an opioid overdose, and receive a “standing order” certification that will allow residents to receive naloxone without a separate prescription. 

Baltimore launches online training program for overdose-reversing drug

Baltimore health officials on Wednesday launched an online training program to teach residents how to use naloxone, the drug used to reverse heroin and opioid overdoses.