Healthwatch with Dr. Leana Wen: Opioids, Flu, Saving ACA, Women's March | WYPR

Healthwatch with Dr. Leana Wen: Opioids, Flu, Saving ACA, Women's March

Jan 30, 2018

More than 2 million Americans have an opioid use disorder (HHS)
Credit Photo courtesy mrs.sog.unc.edu

Today, another edition of the Midday Healthwatch with Dr. Leana Wen, the Health Commissioner of Baltimore City.  Lawmakers in Annapolis and Washington are wrestling with competing views on prescription drug affordability, the Children’s Health Insurance Program, legislation to stem the rising tide of opioid addiction, and changes to the Affordable Care Act, among other issues. 

What are the feds and the state willing to do to help cities like Baltimore, who are strapped for cash, and who have no shortage of people in need?

And with influenza season in full swing, what can you do to protect yourself and the ones you love, particularly children and the elderly, who are most at risk for a disease that can be fatal?

Baltimore's Health Commissioner Dr. Leana Wen spends the hour discussing how the city is responding to its most pressing public health concerns, and answering your questions and comments.