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America's Opioid Epidemic - October 30, 2017

Leana Wen, MD, MSc, FAAEM

Leana WenDr. Wen is the Commissioner of Health of Baltimore City, where she oversees the nation’s oldest health department. Facing an unprecedented number of people dying from overdose, Dr. Wen issued a blanket prescription for the opioid antidote, naloxone, that has saved 1,200 lives in two years. Other transformative projects include a collective impact strategy that has reduced infant mortality by 40 percent, an initiative to get glasses to every child who needs them, and a program to engage returning citizens and hospitals in treating violence as a contagious disease.
 
A board-certified emergency physician, Dr. Wen was a Rhodes Scholar, clinical fellow at Harvard, consultant with the World Health Organization, and professor at George Washington University. She has published over 100 scientific articles and is the author of the book When Doctors Don’t Listen. In 2016, Dr. Wen was honored with the American Public Health Association’s highest award for local public health work.