Press Releases

13 City Pharmacies Remain Closed; Baltimore City Health Department Working To Ensure Prescription Availability For Residents Impacted By Civil Unrest

The Health Department is leading efforts with the city’s 311 system to ensure prescription medicine is available to residents impacted by civil unrest.

Baltimore City Health Department Working To Ensure Prescription Availability For Residents Impacted By Civil Unrest

The Baltimore City Health Department is leading efforts with the city’s 311 system to ensure prescription medicine is available to residents who are impacted by the current civil unrest. At least 10 retail pharmacies are closed, including two CVS locations that were burned, and eight Rite Aid locations that suffered fire and / or looting damage.

Health Department Working To Provide Access and Information For Critical Health Services, Announces Webpage For Clinical Updates

Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake and Baltimore Health Commissioner Dr. Leana Wen work to ensure uninterrupted access to health care. 

City Agencies & Private Sector Partnering To Deliver Counseling And Mental Health Services to Communities Impacted by Violence and Civil Unrest

Coordinated efforts across multiple agencies and private organizations to address trauma

"Mayor and Health Commissioner Holding Second Community Forum For Heroin Treatment and Prevention Taskforce"

This week, Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake and Baltimore Health Commissioner Dr. Leana Wen will be holding the second community forum for the Heroin Treatment and Prevention Taskforce.  This is the second of two community meetings to hear from community stakeholders regarding overdose issues. The meeting will be held April 23 from 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm at East Baltimore Development Inc., 1731 E. Chase Street and is open to the public.   The meeting will include community conversation around three issues: Preventing fatal heroin overdoses; increasing access to quality treatment; and improving neighborhood compatibility.  See the attached press release for additional information.

"Mayor and Health Commissioner to Hold First of Two Community Forums For Heroin Treatment and Prevention Taskforce"

Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake and Baltimore Health Commissioner Dr. Leana Wen will be holding the first community forum for the Heroin Treatment and Prevention Taskforce. This taskforce was convened last fall by Mayor Rawlings-Blake to address the critical problem of opioid addiction. Its goal was to study the problem of heroin addiction and propose solutions for improving access to effective treatment and neighborhood compatibility.  

"Baltimore Health Commissioner Leads Coalition of Physicians and Public Health Advocates In Support of State Ban On Powdered Alcohol (Palcohol)"

Citing the potential dangers of powdered alcohol for both youth and adults, Baltimore City Health Commissioner Leana Wen, M.D. has convened a coalition of public health and physician leaders in support of banning the substance in Maryland. “Our efforts need to be focused on making alcoholic products less, not more, available to young people across our state,” Dr Wen said. 

"Mayor and Health Commissioner Honor Four Baltimore Adults and Eight Youths As “Baltimorphosis Changemakers” Against Youth Violence"

Today as part of National Youth Violence Prevention Week, Mayor Stephanie Rawlings Blake and Health Commissioner Leana Wen, M.D. recognized the accomplishments of 12 city residents who are “changemakers” in the community by presenting them with a 2015 Baltimorphosis Changemaker award.  

"With Half of the City’s Hypothermia Deaths Involving Alcohol Intoxication,Health Commissioner Issues Warning: Alcohol and Cold Temperatures Do Not Mix And Can Be Deadly"

Baltimore City Health Commissioner Leana Wen, M.D. is reminding Baltimoreans of the dangers of alcohol use during cold weather. Baltimore remains under a Severe Code Blue declaration through 12 p.m. Saturday; the wind chill this evening will be around zero degrees and temperatures are expected to remain dangerously cold through approximately lunchtime on Saturday.  There have been 8 deaths in Baltimore due to hypothermia this season and 31 statewide. Alcohol intoxication was a contributing factor in half of the deaths in Baltimore.  “Drinking alcohol can be life-threatening for individuals in temperatures that are this low,” Dr. Wen said.  

"Baltimore City Health Commissioner Calls Increasing Cost Of Naloxone a “Public Health Crisis”; Issues Support For Inquiry Launched By Representative Cummings"

Baltimore City Health Commissioner Leana Wen, M.D. today applauded two congressional leaders, including Maryland Representative Elijah E. Cummings, for their inquiry into increasing prices charged by one manufacturer of naloxone. Increasing the availability of naloxone, a medication used to safely reverse opioid overdoses, is a key component of Baltimore’s strategy to combat overdose deaths.

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