Healthwatch With Dr. Leana Wen: Stepping Up The Fight Against Opioid Addiction And Abuse | WYPR

Healthwatch With Dr. Leana Wen: Stepping Up The Fight Against Opioid Addiction And Abuse

Jan 31, 2017

Dr. Leana Wen, at a recent public forum, describing Naloxone, the opioid overdose reversal drug.
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Mirroring the nationwide epidemic, the number of opioid addiction and abuse victims in Baltimore continues to rise, and overdose cases crowd the city’s emergency rooms.  Last week, Maryland Governor Larry Hogan appointed a Heroin and Opioid Emergency Task Force, and proposed new legislation for the General Assembly that would put strict limits on opioid prescriptions and impose tough new penalties for traffickers.  On this month's edition of  HealthwatchBaltimore City Health Commissioner Dr. Leana Wen joins Tom Hall  to discuss the city’s continuing response to the opioid epidemic. 

Dr. Wen answers our questions for the hour,  and takes your calls, emails and tweets about your public health concerns.