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Baltimore Officials Seek Crackdown on Landlords over Lead Exposure

Too many Baltimore landlords are renting “under the radar”—that is, failing to register their rental properties with the Maryland Department of the Environment—and lead exposure and poisoning

Building a ground army to fight heroin deaths

A crowd quickly gathers here on one of West Baltimore’s many drug-infested street corners. But it isn’t heroin they’re seeking. It’s a heroin antidote known as naloxone, or Narcan.

Why diseases like Zika could unfairly target America’s poor

“PLEASE DON’T PUT GARBAGE HERE,” says a sign in a rundown alley in the Sandtown-Winchester/Harlem Park neighborhood, where more than a third of the homes stand abandoned.

Baltimore's Safe Streets Program in need of funding

The city celebrated the opening of its fifth Safe Streets site in Baltimore on Thursday.

Bmore Health Weekly Newsletter: March 18th

 Note from Commissioner

Baltimore City Launches Safe Streets Expansion in Sandtown-Winchester

BALTIMORE, MD (March 17, 2016)– Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake, Health Commissioner Dr. Leana Wen, and executive director of Catholic Charities, Bill McCarthy today joined with members of the community to mark the official opening of the newest Safe Streets Baltimore location that is bringing the program credited with reducing gun violence to the Sandtown-Winchester neighborhood. 

Lack of funding threatens Baltimore's 'Safe Streets'

A majority of our community's collective attention, especially during this election season, is focused on preventing violence and promoting public safety in Baltimore.

FDA pushed to add warnings about using opioids, benzodiazepines together

Dozens of public health officials and academics across the country are pushing the Food and Drug Administration to warn people about the potential dangers of taking powerful prescription pain

Baltimore City Health Commissioner Dr. Leana Wen Commends New CDC Opioid Prescribing Guidelines, Calls for Additional Action Amid Epidemic

BALTIMORE, MD (March 16, 2016)– Baltimore City Health Commissioner Dr. Leana Wen today commended the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) recently announced 2016 Guidelines for Prescribing Opioids for Chronic Pain and called on the agency to provide additional guidance:

CDC guidelines aim to curb painkiller prescribing

Prescription painkillers should not be a first choice for treating common ailments such as back pain and arthritis, accord