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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: 

Public Health Officials Urge FDA to Issue Warnings for Dangerous Combination of Medications Amid Prescription Drug Overdose Crisis

(February 22, 2016)– City and state health directors from across the country today called on the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to adopt labels to explicitly warn about a dangerous combination of medications that is helping drive the nation’s prescription drug overdose epidemic.

'Black box' FDA warning urged for opioid and benzodiazepine combo

Public health officials are calling on the U.S.

Health officials push FDA to add ‘black box’ 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 painkiller

Health officials petition FDA for warning labels on painkillers

City and state health directors are urging the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to put warning labels on powerful painkillers that can be fatal when taken with other drugs.

Opioids and Benzos not a good combination, health directors say

Baltimore Health Commissioner Leana Wen will join other health directors across the country today in asking the federal government to require a "black box warning" when prescribing opioids with a c