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Tracking Opioid Overdoses

The Connecticut Department of Public Health is partnering with local emergency rooms across the state to track the number of opioid overdoses. Rushford's Dr. J. Craig Allen explains the importance of this new tracking.

Further reducing nicotine in cigarettes

A big move by the Food & Drug Administration to lower nicotine levels in cigarettes. Rushford addiction medicine specialist Dr. J. Craig Allen weighs in.


FDA Moves to Reduce Amount of Nicotine in Cigarettes

The head of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration is advancing a plan to reduce the amount of nicotine in cigarettes to “minimally or non-addictive levels.” In a statement released March 15, FDA Commissioner Dr. Scott Gottlieb said he is asking for a regulatory review to explore a product standard [...]

Rep. DeLauro: ‘I’ll Fight Like Hell’ for Opioid-Treatment Funding

Better care coordination, job training for social workers and expanding the recovery coach program were some of the suggestions during a roundtable discussion Monday led by U.S. Rep. Rosa DeLauro at the Rushford Silver Street facility in Middletown. The event was attended by more than 30 addiction experts, law enforcement [...]

Medical Marijuana Not Approved to Treat Opioid Withdrawal

On Monday, Feb. 26, the state Board of Physicians tabled a proposal to add opioid use disorder and opioid withdrawals to Connecticut’s list of approved medical marijuana conditions, citing a need to further consult with mental health and addiction experts. The Board considered three other chronic conditions and diseases at [...]

Rushford in Avon to Hold Free Talk on Administering Narcan to Overdose Victims

Rushford will host a free community talk on identifying an opioid overdose and the administration of Narcan on Tuesday, March 13, from 6:30-8 pm at the Rushford facility at 35 Tower Lane in Avon. Narcan, a medication used to block the effects of opioids in overdose victims, is now available [...]

Rushford Avon’s Silverman Makes Hartford Magazine’s ‘Best Doctors’ List

AVON—Dr. Samuel M. Silverman, medical director of addiction services at Rushford who sees patients at Rushford’s Avon facility, was recently named to Hartford Magazine’s Best Doctors list for 2017. Providers were chosen by their peers from The Best Doctors in America database, which includes more than 45,000 U.S. doctors in [...]

How to Maintain Sobriety During Holidays

For those in recovery, whether it’s been a week or decades, the holiday season can be a stressful and dangerous time. Holiday gatherings associated with alcohol, volatile family situations, busy schedules, feelings of isolation or being away from one’s support system can be triggers that threaten recovery. Michelle Voegtle, Rushford [...]

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