Healthwatch With Dr. Leana Wen; Police Commissioner Davis on DOJ Report | WYPR

Healthwatch With Dr. Leana Wen; Police Commissioner Davis on DOJ Report

Aug 15, 2016

Dr. Leana Wen demonstrates how to administer Naloxone, a drug that can stop an opioid overdose.
Credit National Press Foundation

Dr. Leana Wen joins us for this month’s edition of Healthwatch.  With an extended Code Red heat alert in effect for the Baltimore region, what precautions must we take to stay safe in 100-degree temperatures? The Zika virus.  What have we learned as we watch the Greater Miami area struggle to contain this sometime fatal disease?  And as opioid overdoses continue to spike, how is the city responding to help addicts find treatment?  And how can the rest of us prepare to lend life-saving assistance when we encounter someone who's overdosing on heroin, fentanyl or other dangerous opioids?  The Health Commissioner talks about efforts to put the overdose antidote drug, Nalaxone, into more people's hands.

Then, unconstitutional conduct by the Baltimore Police Department: Commissioner Kevin Davis responds to the scathing Department of Justice report, Kevin Rector of the Baltimore Sun puts it in context, and Lynh Bui of the Washington Post  describes how the Prince George’s County Police Department's 2004 consent decree with the DOJ has affected day-to-day policing practices.