Recent News

Amid opioid and heroin epidemic, CDC guidelines aim to curb painkiller prescribing

Prescription painkillers should not be a first choice for treating common ailments like back pain and arthritis, according to new federal guidelines designed to reshape how doctors prescribe

Leana Wen to testify before House on drug treatment funding

Baltimore city's health commissioner, Dr. Leana S.

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.