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Baltimore City leaders highlight overdose problem with Overdose Awareness Day (WMAR) August 31, 2015

In a city with a history of overdoses and addiction, more help is on the way to stop the deadly path of drugs.

Baltimore City Health Commissioner Leana Wen took part in different events across the city as a part of International Overdose Awareness Day.  That included attending Naloxone training at a few of the 16 different stations.


Trauma training aims to help city employees in dealing with public (Baltimore Sun) August 27, 2015

Stanley Smith has spent nearly four decades helping troubled young people earn GEDs and get jobs, but he learned something new this week that he thinks will help him do his job even better.

Smith, an employment advocate with the Mayor's Office of Employment Development, was among 150 Baltimore city employees who sat through training on how to recognize, understand and respond to people who have experienced some form of trauma.

Baltimore Fights Heroin Overdoses With Antidote Outreach

A suspected case of measles. A rabid fox on the loose. A recall of a dye used in tattoos. A drug epidemic that's claiming hundreds of lives.

Md. Health Officials Work To Combat Overdose Epidemic

As part of Maryland’s Overdose Awareness Week, new actions are being taken to tackle this health emergency.

Safe Streets East Site to Reopen, West Baltimore Program Expansion to Begin

Baltimore City Health Commissioner Dr. Leana Wen announced today that the Safe Streets East location in McElderry Park will begin limited operations starting today, transitioning to full operations over the coming weeks, following a comprehensive review of the program which resulted in implementation of new training and security protocols to strengthen management and oversight.

Additionally Dr. Wen also announced that the Baltimore City Health Department (BCHD) has introduced today a Request for Proposals (RFP) to offer community- based organizations in West Baltimore the opportunity to bring the program credited with reducing gun violence to their neighborhoods. The new site will be Baltimore City’s fifth Safe Streets location. Current sites include: Cherry Hill, Mondawmin, Park Heights, and McElderry Park.

City reopens Safe Streets East Baltimore office

City officials are reopening East Baltimore's Safe Streets program, which closed in July when guns and drugs were found stashed in the office.

Lead poisoning cases drop in Baltimore and in Maryland, Department of the Environment moves to reduce potential exposures in more homes

Childhood lead poisoning in Maryland decreased in Baltimore City and in Maryland as a whole last year, a report released today by the Maryland Department of the Environment shows.

The Geography of Injustice: A Story and Statistics from Baltimore

The death of Freddie Gray brought immense attention to our city of Baltimore.

Baltimore health officials demonstrate how to use Narcan

Baltimore health officials are demonstrating how to use a tool that can help save lives.

Baltimore City Observes International Overdose Awareness Day

Officials across Baltimore City today observed International Overdose Awareness Day to mark the ongoing fight against overdoses in Baltimore and to remember the 1,113 lives lost to overdose over the last five years.

Baltimore City Health Department (BCHD) hosted activities throughout the day, including:

  • Announcing a donation of approximately 6,500 lifesaving EVZIO® naloxone auto-injectors, a prescription for use in opioid overdose emergencies, from pharmaceutical company Kaléo;
  • Free naloxone trainings at five “” bus and Metro station poster sites throughout the city; and
  • A remembrance vigil hosted by Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake where 1,113 purple roses—one for each life lost in Baltimore to overdose in the last 5 years— were placed at War Memorial Plaza to honor loved ones who have passed away from substance abuse and to encourage those still struggling with the disease of addiction.