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Baltimore City Health Department Announces Beginning of 2018 Code Red Extreme Heat Season

BALTIMORE, MD (May 15, 2018)—The Baltimore City Health Department today announced the start of Baltimore City’s Code Red Extreme Heat season.

Baltimore City Officials Announce Initiative with Hospitals to Improve Treatment for Opioid Use Disorders

Levels of Care Proposal Open for Public Comment

BALTIMORE (April 30, 2018) — Today, Mayor Catherine E. Pugh and Baltimore City Health Commissioner Dr. Leana Wen joined the leadership of all 11 Baltimore City hospitals to announce a new initiative focused on implementing and recognizing best practices for responding to the opioid epidemic within the City’s hospitals.

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Baltimore City Officials Urge Residents to Safely Dispose of Unused Prescription Drugs

BALTIMORE, MD (APRIL 27) - On Saturday, April 28, Baltimore City officials will recognize National Prescription Drug Take Back Day, a nationwide initiative to highlight safe, convenient, and responsible means of disposing of prescription drugs in communities, while raising awareness about prescription drug addiction.

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Dr. Wen Responds to Ruling in Baltimore’s Teen Pregnancy Prevention Lawsuit Against Trump Administration

BALTIMORE MD (APRIL 27, 2018) - Yesterday, Judge Catherine Blake of the US District Court for the District of Maryland ruled in Baltimore City’s favor in its Teen Pregnancy Prevent

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Dr. Wen Issues Statement About Life-Threatening Bleeding After Using Synthetic Cannabinoids

BALTIMORE, MD (APRIL 17, 2018) - Today, Baltimore City Health Commissioner, Dr. Leana Wen, issued the following statement about life-threatening bleeding after using synthetic cannabinoids:

"We want to warn all of our residents of the warning signs of someone who..." 

Baltimore City Officials Announce Citywide Falls Prevention Strategy for Older Adults

BALTIMORE, MD (April 16, 2018) — Today, Mayor Catherine E. Pugh and Baltimore City Health Commissioner Dr. Leana Wen announced a new Citywide falls prevention strategy aimed at reducing falls-related emergency department (ED) visits and hospitalizations for older adults in Baltimore City.

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Baltimore City Health Commissioner Responds to Surgeon General’s Advisory Urging Naloxone Use

BALTIMORE, MD (April 5, 2018) - Baltimore City Health Commissioner Dr. Leana Wen today issued the following statement in response to the U.S. Surgeon General’s Advisory on Naloxone:

“Here in Baltimore, we already have policies to expand naloxone access. 

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BCHD Launches New Site for Food Access for Low-Income Senior Residents in Baltimore City

BALTIMORE (March 19, 2018) — The Baltimore City Health Department and Klein’s Family Markets announced, today, the newest Virtual Supermarket site at Ruscombe Gardens, 4800 Yellowwood Avenue. This is the city’s 14th location.

Baltimore City Health Commissioner Responds to the President’s Initiative to Stop Opioid Abuse

BALTIMORE, MD (March 19, 2018) - “While it is laudable that President Trump is devoting time and attention to the opioid epidemic, much of his announcement today is deeply troubling."

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Health Commissioner Dr. Wen Declares Code Blue Alert

BALTIMORE, MD (February 1, 2018) — Baltimore City Health Commissioner Dr. Leana Wen issued a Code Blue declaration for Baltimore City, beginning Friday evening, Feb. 2, through the morning of Saturday, Feb. 3.

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