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Baltimore fatal overdoses up; Wen urges long-term treatment

Dr. Leana Wen, Baltimore’s health commissioner. (The Daily Record / Maximilian Franz)

Dr. Leana Wen, Baltimore’s health commissioner. (The Daily Record / Maximilian Franz)

Baltimore’s health commissioner is calling for making long-term treatment for drug addiction available for more patients after a state report shows that overdoses in the city have gone up significantly.

Maryland’s Department of Health and Mental Hygiene released a report Thursday showing that there were 481 fatal overdoses in Baltimore from January through September. There were 286 fatal overdoes during the same period last year.

Baltimore Health Commissioner Dr. Leana Wen said in a statement that officials have improved access to naloxone, an opioid overdose antidote.

But she pointed out that only one in 10 patients nationwide gets access to long-term treatment.

Wen says until patients can get the care that they need, health officials are only treading water in the fight against the overdose epidemic.


One comment

  1. allpurposehomes@gmail.com

    Why should tax payers pay for this? Most heroin addicts like what they are doing.