State aims to balance chronic pain care, safety

February 22, 2014
by Deborah Busemeyer
Santa Fe New Mexican

The state’s efforts are getting notice. In its October 2013 report, “Prescription Drug Abuse: Strategies to Stop the Epidemic,” Trust for America’s Health spotlighted work by New Mexico and Vermont to deter prescription drug abuse through education, prescription monitoring and laws that prevent patients from doctor-hopping.

“New Mexico is on the forefront of trying to explore how to create that balance between safety and patient care,” said Sherry Green, CEO of the National Alliance for Model State Drug Laws in Santa Fe for the past 20 years.

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