Leana Wen

As opioid crisis spreads, treatments remain underutilized (Daily Record)

The opioid epidemic raging across the country recognizes few boundaries. Its victims are young and old, the highly educated and high school dropouts, rich and poor, women and men.

Baltimore City Health Commissioner Dr. Leana Wen said that one of the many obstacles to overcome in treating opioid misuse is the pernicious stigma that attaches to drug addiction. 

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Baltimore launches 'bad batch' text-alert system for overdoses (Baltimore Sun)

With the help of student computer programmers, Baltimore health officials have launched a text-messaging service to warn residents when deadly batches of drugs are in their neighborhood.

“People are using fentanyl without realizing it,” said Dr. Leana Wen, Baltimore’s health commissioner. “Fentanyl is getting mixed in with heroin, cocaine, prescription drugs. They’re overdosing and dying without realizing what they’re taking.”

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A doctor on the front lines describes Medicaid’s role in the opioid crisis (ThinkProgress)

For decades, the residents of Baltimore, have been dying from opioid overdoses and have been incarcerated due to addiction. “There’s no doubt that the opioid epidemic is worse than before, but it’s not a new problem,” says Baltimore City Health Commissioner Dr. Leana Wen.

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Mayor Rawlings-Blake and Health Commissioner Wen Announce Significant Reduction in Teen Pregnancies

Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake and Health Commissioner Leana Wen, M.D. joined with youth advocates to announce a significant reduction in Baltimore’s teen birth rate.

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