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  • More Substance Abuse, More Overdoses in the State . . . And Fewer People Seeking Help

    September 02, 2020

    While Connecticut’s opioid overdose statistics seemed somewhat hopeful in 2018, widespread introduction of fentanyl reversed the trend last year and the COVID-19 pandemic hasn’t finished overloading people with worries feeding addictions this year. Dr. J. Craig Allen, medical director of Rushford, part of the Hartford HealthCare Behavioral Health Network, marked…

  • September is National Suicide Prevention Awareness Month

    September 01, 2020

    In 2018, 48,344 Americans died by suicide — more than the number of traffic fatalities and almost double the number…

  • Amid Pandemic, Opioid Overdose Deaths Spike 18 Percent in State

    August 27, 2020

    Opioid overdose deaths jumped more than 18 percent in the first six months of this year in Connecticut, lending truth to earlier assertions by Hartford HealthCare experts that the COVID-19 pandemic would result in more use and related problems. Dr. J. Craig Allen, medical director of Rushford in the system’s…

  • Why Remote Learning Difficult for Some Students With Behavioral Concerns

    August 26, 2020

    It’s challenging enough to deliver academic lessons in virtual classrooms, but without the nuances of human interaction that come with in-person learning, students with behavioral concerns can flounder. “These are students who need social-emotional guidance, which is difficult to do through the screen,” said Jill Bourbeau, chief administrator for the…

  • Gray Death, a Fatal Synthetic Opioid Combination, Seen as Threat in State

    August 07, 2020

    An emerging fatal opioid combination, known as Gray Death, has become a potential threat in Connecticut and has the Behavioral Health Network (BHN) clinicians on alert. Called Gray Death due to its color and concrete-like material, it is a deadly combination of various synthetic opioids including carfentanil, U-47700, 4-ANPP and…

  • Feeling Powerless After Isaias, COVID-19? It’s a Test of Our Coping Skills

    August 05, 2020

    After the COVID-19 pandemic, a state shutdown, mass unemployment and disruption of school and family life comes Isaias, one of the most devastating tropical storms to hit Connecticut since Sandy in 2012. Enough is enough. “This sort of disaster over the last 24 hours has absolutely pushed some people to…

  • Reduce Men’s Alcohol Limit by Half: USDA Dietary Guidelines Report

    July 30, 2020

    Data showing increased drinking among American men and calculations of its impact on society prompted national experts to suggest the government cut the daily recommended alcohol limit in half. The recommendation came this month in “The Scientific Report of the 2020 Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee,” a report to the U.S….

  • BHN Receives Awards for Best HealthCare Marketing, Communications

    July 09, 2020

    The New England Society of HealthCare Communications (NESHCo) has recognized BHNews as the top healthcare employee newsletter in all of New England. The weekly electronic employee newsletter received a Gold Award from NESHCo, one of 34 Lamplighter awards received by HHC. Other BHN recognitions included silver awards for MATCH (Medication…

  • New: COVID-Related Behavioral Health Hotline

    May 19, 2020

    In any catastrophe, the medical needs must be tended first, followed by a wave of behavioral health issues that can last for months and years. The COVID-19 infection rate peaked in Connecticut at the end of April and now the Hartford HealthCare Behavioral Health Network (BHN) is preparing for increased demand…

  • Has ‘Stay at Home’ Meant More Drinking at Home?

    May 04, 2020

    At first, the COVID-19 requirement to stay home felt chaotic and unstructured, but even as many found a groove, some uncontrolled habits remained, including excessive drinking. Whether it’s isolation, lack of in-person support group meetings or sheer boredom, the nation’s consumption of alcohol has spiked as the pandemic drags on….

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