Physician Detail

Jonathan Craig Allen, MD

Medical Director, Rushford Center

Practice

Rushford Center

Specialty

Addiction Medicine < Accepting new patients for this specialty
Child & Adolescent Psychiatry, Board Certified < Accepting new patients for this specialty
Psychiatry, Board Certified < Accepting new patients for this specialty

Areas of Interest

Mental Health

Physician Quicklink

https://hartfordhealthcare.org/JonathanAllen

Phone

877.577.3233

Call for Appointment

Gender
Male

Languages
English


Office Locations


  • MidState Medical Center

    435 Lewis Avenue
    Meriden, CT 06451
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    Phone: 203.694.8200

  • Rushford Center

    Offers a variety of outpatient programs and services to address issues of related to mental health and substance use disorders.

    883 Paddock Avenue
    Meriden, CT 06450
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    Phone: 877.577.3233


Bio

Hartford Healthcare is launching a campaign across its network to “Be Responsible” when it comes to disposing of old or expired prescription medication…joining us to talk more about this initiative is Doctor Craig Allen…Medical Director at Rushford…

Good evening!

Q. Tell us about the “Be Responsible” campaign…

A. This campaign is truly a win-win. It is about disposing of unused, unwanted and expired medications safely, and in a way that is not harmful to the environment.

We are giving away drug de-activation kits which allow the user to fill a biodegradable bag with pills, add warm water and then simply throw the bag in the garbage. You should never flush pills down the toilet because of the harm it causes to the environment and you should never leave them in the house because they could end up in the wrong hands.

Q. You are on the front-lines – you see what happens when prescription medications get into the wrong hands…how common is it for children or teens to take pills from a medicine cabinet intended for someone else?

A. More than half of the opioid medications adolescents get they get for free from friends and family. And 80% of new heroin users first started by using opioid analgesic pills. It’s important to dispose of any unused pills and it’s important to store pills you are using safely. A recent study showed there’s been a tripling of overdose deaths in adolescents and children all related to the increased exposure and access they have to these drugs.

Q. Tell us about treatments offered at Hartford HealthCare…you have something called the MATCH program…what is that…

A. Medication assisted treatment close to home, MATCH clinics offer medication, psychotherapy and other treatment options all under one roof. They were designed to knowing that people have busy lives and work and family obligations. Flexible and effective treatment is offered in a supportive setting in a nearby location.

Q. What should someone do if they are worried there may be a problem with prescription drug use…

A. If you are concerned about yourself or someone you love developing a problem with prescription drugs, talk to your doctor or connect with MATCH for an assessment.

Thank you, Dr. Allen, for talking to us about this important campaign. To get your free drug de-activation kit, go to Be RXesponsible.org or for more information on the MATCH program for addiction, call 1-855-825-4026.

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Education

Internship

  • Tufts New England Medical Center, Psychiatry

Medical School

  • Wayne State University School of Medicine MD

Residency

  • Harvard Medical School Massachusetts General Hospital, Child & Adolescent Psychiatry
  • Tufts New England Medical Center, General Psychiatry

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