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Baltimore first stop on federal drug treatment tour

Addicts at Man Alive Inc. and Lane Treatment Center get more than just methadone and counseling to treat their drug habit.

If Addiction Is a Disease, Why Is It Criminalized?

President Obama has unveiled a series of steps aimed at addressing the epidemic of opioid addiction in the United States.

The color of heroin addiction

The nation's heroin epidemic found its way from the shadows of America to Capitol Hill last week as lawmakers and experts struggled with a ra

Baltimore Health Commissioner: One-third of opioid-related deaths due to fatal drug combination

While media attention and educational programs are putting the dangers of opioids center stage, Leana Wen, MD, the Commissioner of Health of Baltimore City, says there is a serious related threat t

Open Letter to Congress: Local Jurisdictions Need Full Funding To Help Prepare for Zika

Dear representative or senator: I am writing to express my deep concern about our national and local capacity to prevent and respond to one of the most alarming infectious disease threats on the horizon: the Zika Virus. Congress has so far failed to provide emergency supplemental funding for Zika response. As a result, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is now shifting $44.2 million from state and local base public health emergency preparedness (PHEP)  grants to pay for Zika response. Due to the congressionally mandated PHEP formula, cuts to the grants will range from 1 to 10%.

Obama gave a huge signal that the old War on Drugs is over

On Tuesday, US President Barack Obama attended and spoke at the National Rx Drug Abuse &

The Accidental Deadly Drug Prescription

My patient was a college student brought into the emergency room after a minor car accident. Although CT scans showed no spinal fractures, he had severe neck pain and spasms.

Baltimore Health Commissioner Dr. Leana Wen Joins President Obama To Discuss Ending Nation’s Opioid Abuse Epidemic

ATLANTA, GA (March 29, 2016)– Baltimore City Health Commissioner Dr. Leana Wen joined President Barack Obama Tuesday for a panel discussion before thousands of thought leaders at the National Rx Drug Abuse & Heroin Summit to discuss the innovative efforts being implemented in Baltimore to address the opioid abuse epidemic. The panel, moderated by CNN Chief Medical Correspondent Dr. Sanjay Gupta, also featured two individuals in long-term recovery: Justin Luke Riley and Crystal Oertle.

Baltimore At Forefront Of $1B Plan To Fight Drug Abuse

It’s a threat the president says is on par with terrorism–America’s growing battle with painkiller addiction. Now the feds are seeking more than $1 billion to try to save lives.