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2017: An Unfortunate Record of Opioid Deaths

It's a record no one wants to break: more than 1,000 people died as a result of opioid overdoses in Connecticut in 2017. Dr. J. Craig Allen is an addiction medicine specialist with Hartford HealthCare.

Purdue Pharma Drops Opioid Promotions

Oxycontin producer Purdue Pharma has agreed not to market opioids to doctors. That's a major change in how these drugs are promoted - and a welcome one, according to Hartford HealthCare's Dr. J. Craig Allen


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 [...]

White House Christmas Tree Ornament Honors HHC Leader and Recovery Crusader Karen Kangas

Karen Kangas is proud to be a pioneer in the field of mental health, well known in the profession for her work promoting the rights and skills of those in recovery by sharing her own story of success following treatment for bi-polar disorder and alcohol addiction. But she never expected [...]

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