Baltimore Health Commissioner Dr. Leana Wen Testifies before House Oversight Committee on Baltimore’s Efforts to End Opioid Epidemic

BALTIMORE, MD (March 22, 2016) – Baltimore City Health Commissioner Dr. Leana Wen testified Tuesday before the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee educating members about the innovative efforts being implemented in Baltimore address the opioid abuse epidemic and urging Congress to introduce policies that will improve community-based efforts to end this public health emergency.

Baltimore City Launches Safe Streets Expansion in Sandtown-Winchester

BALTIMORE, MD (March 17, 2016)– Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake, Health Commissioner Dr. Leana Wen, and executive director of Catholic Charities, Bill McCarthy today joined with members of the community to mark the official opening of the newest Safe Streets Baltimore location that is bringing the program credited with reducing gun violence to the Sandtown-Winchester neighborhood. 

Commissioner Wen Applauds Obama Administration for Awarding $94 Million in Federal Grants to Combat Opioid Abuse and Heroin Use Epidemic

BALTIMORE, MD (March 11, 2016)–Today, Baltimore City Health Commissioner Dr. Leana Wen issued the following statement applauding the Obama Administration for awarding $94 million dollars in Affordable Care Act funding to 271 health centers in 45 states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico to improve and expand the delivery of substance abuse services in health centers, with a specific focus on treatment of opioid use disorders in underserved populations. 

Dr. Leana Wen: A citizen’s guide to good health (Daily Record)

This spring, conversations across our city are focusing on the state of the economy, public safety, and education. These are all essential issues – but there is another critical topic that cuts across all of them: health.

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.

Baltimore Health Officials Announce New Online Training for Lifesaving Medication Naloxone

BALTIMORE, MD (February 17, 2016)– Baltimore City Health Commissioner Dr. Leana Wen today announces a new online platform that will train Baltimore City residents how to use naloxone, a medication that completely reverses the effect of an opioid overdose, and receive a “standing order” certification that will allow residents to receive naloxone without a separate prescription. 

Baltimore City Health Department Announces Catholic Charities to Serve as Community Partner for Safe Streets Expansion in West Baltimore

BALTIMORE, MD (January 27, 2016)– Baltimore City Health Department today announced that Catholic Charities of Baltimore has been awarded the contract for the newest Safe Streets Baltimore location that will bring the program credited with reducing gun violence to the Sandtown-Winchester neighborhood beginning late next month. 

Health Commissioner Extends Code Blue in Baltimore Through Monday Morning

BALTIMORE, MD (January 24, 2016)– With dangerously cold temperatures expected to continue through tomorrow morning, Baltimore City Health Commissioner Dr. Leana Wen today extended a Code Blue declaration for Baltimore City until 10 a.m. tomorrow, Monday, January 25.

Field Health Services Suspending Service Saturday and Sunday

Based upon the impending historic storm, professional consultation, and lessons learned from the blizzard of 2010, the City of Baltimore’s Field Health Services Medical Assistance Transportation Pr

Health Commissioner Declares Code Blue in Baltimore in Advance of Anticipated Winter Storm

BALTIMORE, MD (January 21, 2016)– With the region’s first major winter storm expected to begin Friday afternoon, Baltimore City Health Commissioner Dr. Leana Wen today issued a Code Blue declaration for Baltimore City beginning Friday, January 22nd through Sunday, January 23rd.

 

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