J. Craig Allen

Behavioral Health

Recent Articles

Vaping

Addiction Expert: Recreational Vaping vs. Quitting Smoking

The lack of research and regulation around recreational use of e-cigarettes and vapes – plus national outcry after serious illness and deaths led to multi-state bans on sales – makes the devices less desirable than ever. In fact, one Rushford doctor had two words for anyone thinking of picking one...

Substance Abuse

People With Brain Injury Vulnerable to Substance Abuse

Increasingly, people with a traumatic brain injury are likely to have a substance use disorder, providing another alarming layer to the nation’s opioid overdose crisis as each pose a risk that people might develop the other. Dr. J. Craig Allen, vice president of addiction services with Hartford HealthCare, said, “The pairing...

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Vaping and Your Kid’s Health: A Guide for Parents

Marketed as a healthier alternative to cigarettes, vaping is now being linked to a stream of bizarre lung illnesses causing shortness of breath, chest pain and vomiting. Six people have died from a severe lung illness linked to vaping. More than 200 people, mostly teens or young adults, in 25...

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These Three Medications Are the Best Way To Fight Opioid Epidemic

Fentanyl, the super-potent synthetic opioid that dealers and distributors have introduced into the illicit drug stream, has complicated efforts nationwide to prevent opioid-overdose deaths. Fentanyl, inexpensive to manufacture in “basement labs,” is being added to opioids and cocaine to stretch supplies and boost the highs, according to Dr. J. Craig Allen,...


Connecticut Medicine Devotes Issue to Opioid Crisis

With opioid overdose the leading cause of death in Connecticut since 2013 for people under 50 years old, what is the medical community doing to fight this public health crisis? In a special edition of Connecticut Medicine called “Finding Hope in the Battle against the Opioid Overdose Crisis,” guest editors...


E-cigs Vaporize Drop in Teen Tobacco Use

An e-cigarette epidemic has smoked out consistent declines in teen tobacco use, as a new report shows teen “vaping” is to blame for a 1.3 million increase nationwide from 2017 to 2018. The rise in the use of tobacco products by teens comes after several years of decreases and is...


Heroin In Connecticut: A Q&A With Rushford’s Dr. Craig Allen

Dr. Craig Allen, Rushford’s medical director, on the heroin epidemic in Connecticut: Q: What are the rates of heroin overdose and are they changing? A: In the state of Connecticut from 2012 to 2014 the number of overdose deaths primarily involving heroin tripled. According to the Connecticut Chief Medical Examiner’s...