Greg Williams, seated at left with back to camera, prepares to interview actress Kristen Johnston for a segment in the documentary, "The Anonymous People." The film won a PRISM Award this week.

Danbury filmmaker wins PRISM award for addiction film

“The Anonymous People,” a documentary about addiction by Danbury filmmaker Greg Williams, won a PRISM Award for documentary feature film Tuesday night. The awards recognize accurate depiction of substance abuse and mental illness: prevention, treatment and recovery in film, television, interactive, music, DVD, and comic book entertainment. Other winners included Julia Roberts, for her role […] [Read More]
Categories: alcohol, drug abuse
Jevera and Bill Hennessey named honorees at Senior Services of Stamford’s Annual Charity Golf Outing, to be held on Thursday, May 22, 2014 at Sterling Farms Golf Course in Stamford.

April is Alcohol Awareness Month

April is Alcohol Awareness Month, a time to learn about the health and social problems caused by drinking too much. The National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism is encouraging the public to dedicate this month to understanding how excessive drinking can affect health and evaluating their drinking habits. Though many adults drink moderately without […] [Read More]
Categories: alcohol, drug abuse, health

Drug-free family night in Norwalk

The Norwalk-based Courage to Speak Foundation will have its 10th annual “Empowering Youth to be Drug Free Family Night” at 5:15 p.m. on Tuesday, March 18 (snow date Thursday, March 20), at West Rocks Middle School, 81 W. Rocks Road, Norwalk. Parents and their children will be encouraged to talk about the dangers of drugs […] [Read More]
Categories: drug abuse, General, health

The perils of spring break binge drinking

With March upon us, you know that Spring Break — that annual rite of passage for many American college students — is looming. But with the promises of sun, fun and adventure that spring break brings for many comes some major health concerns as well. A study conducted by the American College of Health found […] [Read More]
Barry Kasdan of Bridges, the state-designated Local Mental Health Authority for Milford, Orange and West Haven, presents Senator Gayle Slossberg with the 2013 Connecticut Community Providers Association Community Champion Award last year. Kasdan has announced he'll retire as Bridges CEO.

CEO of Bridges in Milford will retire

Bridges … A Community Support System Inc., has begun a search for a new Chief Executive Officer, as Barry Kasdan announced his plans to retire. Kasdan will remain with Bridges through June 2014 to ensure a smooth and successful transition for his successor. “We have a dedicated staff, a strong and involved Board of Directors […] [Read More]

Connecticut among few states with overdose laws

The tragic death of actor Philip Seymour Hoffman from an apparent drug overdose last weekend has once again turned the spotlight on the problem of drug addiction in this country. According to the non-profit Trust for America’s Health, there has been more than a 100 percent increase in drug overdose deaths in the United States […] [Read More]
Categories: drug abuse

Report: 60 percent of 12th graders don’t view regular marijuana use as harmful

A new study from the National Institutes of Health show that the percentage of high-schoolers who see regular marijuana use as risky has dropped dramatically over the past 10 years. In fact, the report shows, about 60 percent of 12th grades don’t view regular use of the drug as harmful. That’s according to this year’s […] [Read More]

Author, former addict to speak in Fairfield

On Friday, Dec. 6, author and former addict Nic Sheff and psychotherapist Elizabeth Jorgensen will speak at “An Evening with Nic Sheff — The Truth About Stress, Alcohol & Drugs: How To Keep Young People in Your Life Safe” at Fairfield University’s Dolan School of Business dining hall. The talk will focus on how extreme […] [Read More]

Get rid of your meds tomorrow

Saturday is National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day, which promotes the return of unused medications for safe disposal and helps reduce the potential for family and friends to have access to and misuse medications prescribed to others. People can go to a drop-off spot near them and safely get rid of their unwanted and unused drugs. […] [Read More]

Poison control center warns of tainted heroin

The Connecticut Poison Control Center is issuing an alert to emergency departments in the state to be on the lookout for patients suffering the effects of tainted heroin. According to a news release put out by the center, over the past three days, several patients who had been using heroin were treated in emergency departments […] [Read More]