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A Citizen’s Guide to Good Health

This spring, conversations across our city are focusing on the state of the economy, public safety, and education. These are all essential issues – but there is another critical topic that cuts across all of them: health. In Baltimore, we see that the currency of inequality is years of life, and the opposite of poverty is health and well-being. The average life expectancy in Roland Park, for example, is 84 years; in Downtown/Seton Hill it is 65 years — nearly a 20-yeardifference. For decades, many of our citizens have experienced concentrated poverty and rampant disparities that are glaringly obvious when we compare health outcomes across neighborhoods.

Petitioning The FDA For A Black Box Warning On Opioids and Benzos

Rhode Island health officials are calling on the Food and Drug Administration to warn consumers about the danger of combining prescription painkillers with anti-anxiety medications.

BCHD March Digest

Baltimore City Health Department Digest - March 2016

One Year in Baltimore: Fighting for Health

As I assumed leadership of the Baltimore City Health Department one year ago, I

Dr. Leana Wen: A citizen’s guide to good health (Daily Record)

This spring, conversations across our city are focusing on the state of the economy, public safety, and education. These are all essential issues – but there is another critical topic that cuts across all of them: health.

Dr. Leana Wen: A citizen’s guide to good health

This spring, conversations across our city are focusing on the state of the economy, public safety, and education.

FDA Urged To Put Warning On Dangerous Medications Combination

The United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) was recently urged by medical specialists to properly label combination of medications to warn the public of their effects to a person's health.

Baltimore City Health Commissioner Wen Testifies before Maryland Senate on Bill to Strengthen State’s Prescription Drug Monitoring Program

ANNAPOLIS, MD (February 24, 2016) – Baltimore City Health Commissioner Dr. Leana Wen testified Wednesday before the Maryland Senate Finance Committee urging the General Assembly to support Senate Bill 382, legislation that revises Maryland’s Prescription Drug Monitoring Program (PDMP), and offered amendments to the bill that would encourage physicians to co-prescribe naloxone with opioid medications and to caution against concurrent prescribing of opioids and benzodiazepines.

Can Baltimore Provide Addiction Treatment On Demand?

Across the U.S., more than 20 million people abuse drugs or alcohol or both.

One man's journey to recovery using a medical-assisted treatment clinic

Gary Wilson was a young man in his twenties when he first experimented with heroin. His addiction started in the '80s with marijuana use, and escalated from there.

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