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Jonathan Allen, MD

Vice President, Addiction Services, Hartford HealthCare Behavioral Health Network; Medical Director, Rushford Center


Rushford Center


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

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Mental Health

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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…

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 or for more information on the MATCH program for addiction, call 1-855-825-4026.



Medical School

  • Wayne State University School of Medicine MD


  • Tufts New England Medical Center, Psychiatry


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

Insurance Accepted*

Aetna, Anthem, BCBS Medicare, CarePartners of Connecticut, Cigna Healthcare, Colonial Cooperative Care, Community Health Network of Connecticut, Inc., Connecticare, Connecticare Commercial, Connecticare Medicare, Corvel, Coventry, Essence Healthcare, Evercare, First Health Group Corp., Focus, Harvard Pilgrim, Health Connecticut, Health Direct, Health New England, Healthy Connecticut, HMC/ Northeast Healthcare, Medspan Commercial, Medspan Medicare, Multiplan, Northeast Health Direct, One Health Plan/ Great-West Healthcare, Oxford Health Plans, Prime Health Services, Private Health Care Systems, Inc., Senior Whole Health, United Healthcare, WellCare of Connecticut, Inc.

*This information is subject to change at any time. Please check with your insurance provider before scheduling your appointment or receiving services to confirm they are a participating member of the Hartford HealthCare network.