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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.

Treating Street Violence As A Contagion, Baltimore Looks For More Than One Cure

When lawmakers try to tackle gun violence, they often turn to measures like adding police officers or cracking down on illegal guns.

Baltimore County says police will start carrying heroin antidote naloxone

Baltimore County police officers will begin carrying naloxone this year to combat an increase in heroin use, County Executive 

Baltimore health commissioner wants more FDA warnings on painkillers, anti-anxiety medications

The FDA issues stickers -- often called "black box warnings" or "boxed warnings on some antibiotics -- warning of possible tendon ruptures, and on some anti-depressants warning of suicide risks.

Doctors petition FDA for 'black box' warning on combining opioid analgesics, tranquilizers

Thirty city and state health directors from around the nation are calling on FDA to label opioid analgesics and benzodiazepines with its strongest warning.

Health Commissioner Wen Issues Statement in Support of State's Proposed Legislation to Ban Powdered Alcohol

BALTIMORE, MD (February 22, 2016)–Today, Baltimore City Health Commissioner Dr. Leana Wen issued the following statement in support of Maryland General Assembly House Bill 749 which would prohibit the sale of powdered alcohol: