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Weinberg Foundation gives $480K grant for United Way's 2-1-1 helpline (Baltimore Business Journal)

The Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Foundation is giving the United Way of Central Maryland a $480,000 grant that will connect two local helplines that provide information and referrals to Baltimore's elderly. 

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Baltimore brings hospitals into the fight against opioid addiction (Baltimore Sun)

In an op-ed by Mayor Catherine Pugh and Health Commissioner Dr. Leana Wen, they discuss Baltimore's response to the opioid epidemic, including a new initiative involving the City's 11 hospitals.

"The Baltimore City Health Department is working with our hospital systems to create “levels of care” that enshrine best practices for responding to the epidemic and publicly recognize hospitals that implement those practices."

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Cocaine Deaths Are Rising At An Alarming Rate, And It’s Because Of Fentanyl (Buzzfeed)

Cocaine deaths rose 52% between 2015 and 2016. A BuzzFeed News analysis shows the role of fentanyl in this staggering trend.

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Baltimore diaper-changing legislation praised by dads as a 'right' for babies (Baltimore Sun)

Hailed by dads who say safe, clean changing facilities for babies should be “a right,” a Baltimore councilman Monday introduced legislation that would require more establishments to install baby-changing stations.

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New city project aims to improve opioid treatment (AP)

A new city health project aims to evaluate Baltimore’s hospitals on their efforts to improve treatment for opioid use disorders.

Leaders from Baltimore’s 11 hospitals joined the city’s mayor and its health commissioner to announce the new effort on Monday. The initiative is intended to identify “best practices” for responding to the opioid epidemic.

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Baltimore City Announces New Opioid Treatment Initiative (Baltimore Magazine)

On Monday morning, Mayor Catherine Pugh and Baltimore City Health Commissioner Dr. Leana Wen announced a new initiative to combat the opioid epidemic in the city. The Levels of Care initiative involves identifying best practices for responding to the opioid epidemic and will be based in 11 Baltimore hospitals included Bon Secours, Mercy Medical Center, St. Agnes, University of Maryland, and Johns Hopkins Bayview. 

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City Rolls Out Levels Of Care Initiative At 11 Hospitals (WBAL Radio)

The city of Baltimore rolled out a new initiative Monday morning for responding to the opioid epidemic in the city's 11 hospitals.

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Baltimore rolls out new incentives, information-sharing program in bid to combat opioid crisis (Fierce Healthcare)

Baltimore hospitals will have new incentives for better addressing the opioid crisis—and sharing best practices with their counterparts across the city—under a new initiative announced by the city's top officials Monday. 

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Baltimore launches Levels of Care initiative at 11 hospitals (WBAL)

The city of Baltimore rolled out a new initiative in the city's 11 hospitals Monday morning for responding to the opioid epidemic.

"There can be no question that this is an emergency and public health crisis," said Baltimore City Health Commissioner Dr. Leana Wen.

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Baltimore Hospitals Pledge More Resources For Opioid Users (WJZ)

Whether it’s night or day, opioid overdoses in Baltimore are an around-the-clock epidemic. Especially when fentanyl is mixed in; a drug 50 to 100 times more powerful than heroin.

According to Baltimore Health Commissioner Dr. Leana Wen, “Since 2013, we’ve gone from 12 fentanyl deaths in one year to 500.”

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