City Health Commissioner Urges Federal Help on Naloxone Costs

Baltimore City Health Commissioner Dr. Leana Wen discussed the significant cost increase for naloxone amid national crisis in opioid overdose deaths and urged federal help. The spike in costs has led the City to ration the naloxone it has.  WBAL reports:

Baltimore Health Commissioner Dr. Leana Wen said that it doesn’t make sense that the generic version has  increased at the time of a public health emergency. Wen says there is a greater need for Naxolone or Narcan because of the powerful synthetic opioid fentanyl and the number of people dying as a result of that drug use.

Wen said wished that the president would have called the situation across the country a national state of emergency to release the federal dollars urgently needed to help local governments. President Donald Trump last month called the epidemic a public health emergency, which opened up far less funding.

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Learn how to administer naloxone to help reverse an opioid overdose at the 2017 MACo Winter Conference. The training sessions, Learn to Save a Life, sponsored by the Maryland Association of County Health Officers (MACHO) will be held Wednesday, December 6 from  4:15 pm – 5:15 pm and Thursday, December 7 from 12:45 pm – 1:45 pm.

The MACo Winter Conference will be held December 6-8, 2017 at the Hyatt Regency Chesapeake Bay Hotel in Cambridge, Maryland. This year the conference’s theme is “The Power of Partnership.”

Learn more about MACo’s 2017 Winter Conference: