How to Save 28,000 Lives A Year

In Baltimore City, where I serve as Health Commissioner, 393 people died from an opioid overdose last year, more than the number who died from homicide.

In Baltimore, we have been training drug users since 2004. Now, we are teaching every person in the city, with more than 14,000 individuals trained since last year who are able to save lives.

If my patient’s family had access to naloxone, she could be alive today. We will never have a chance to find out, but we do have the chance to save the lives of thousands of other people with one simple medication.

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Physician, public health leader, and patient advocate

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Dr. Leana Wen

Dr. Leana Wen

Physician, public health leader, and patient advocate

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