The fight against substance abuse is getting much-needed financial assistance from the state thanks to two appropriations obtained during the recently completed legislative session. Senator Michael S. Sanchez (D-29-Valencia County) announced $5 million was included in the capital outlay bill for phase two construction of the Henry Perea Center for Wellness and Recovery in Los Lunas. Also, $750,000 was included in the general appropriations bill for operations of the program.
The New Mexico success rate for successful heroin treatment is approximately six percent.
New Mexico once led the nation in drug overdose deaths, but they state says those numbers are dropping.
The media loves to give time to Ms. Weiss, and to other parents and anti-drug advocates, but they hardly ever give air time to patients.
It’s controversial, and legal here: medical marijuana. Some New Mexicans who grow and dispense it say they’re not hiding in the shadows anymore. As Nancy Laflin reports, they don’t want their customers to be ashamed either.
New Mexico Behavioral Health Collaborative
Opioid Dependence Core Group
The service system shall be inclusive of evidence-based, scientific practices tempered by the experiences of persons contending with addiction and their families.
What does that mean? That the system will include both evidence-based practices and… those that aren’t?
A sustained recovery typically takes eight years to achieve, if the individual survives.
Holy cow, 8 years… Cha-Ching! Do consultants just make this stuff up, or what?
You can find a list of the members of the Opioid Dependence Core Group within this pdf file, many of whom are consultants.
NEW MEXICO MEDICAL BOARD
Third Quarter Meeting
August 15-16, 2013
Steve Weiner, M.D., Chair
Steven Jenkusky, M.D., Vice Chair
Paul Kovnat, M.D., Secretary /Treasurer
Roger Miller, M.D.
Sam Kankanala, M.D.
Steven Komadina, M.D.
Albert Bourbon, PA-C
Jennifer Anderson, Esquire, Public Member
Rick Wallace, FACHE, Public Member
Members Absent: None
Lynn Hart, Executive Director
Grant La Farge, M.D., Medical Director
Andrea Buzzard, Assistant Attorney General
Dan Rubin, Administrative Prosecutor
Gayle Mascarenas, CFO/HR
Jackie Holmes, Compliance Manager! PlO
Amanda Quintana, Licensing Manager
Debbie Dieterich, Investigations Manager
Amanda Chavez, Investigator
Leann Lovato, Investigator
Samantha Breen, Administrative Assistant
First Quarter Meeting
February 7-8, 2013
(Relevant parts of the) MINUTES
The Council’s job is to make recommendations to the Governor on the proper use of controlled substances for the treatment of pain.
Representatives, including the medical board, met with staff members of the Governor‘s office and discussed a legislative option that would give the Council the authority to create prescription limits for opiates and other controlled drugs; including the duration of treatment and doses.Representatives at the meeting voiced concern about this approach. Limits will remain an option, however, as our state battles prescription drug overdose.
I. Investigation Department
-Attorney General’s Task Force on Prescription Drug Abuse in NM
The Attorney General’s task force has asked the medical board to give a presentation at their awareness summit, which is to be scheduled in April.
Jennifer Weiss of Albuquerque has been appointed to the Prescription Drug Misuse and Overdose Prevention Pain Management Advisory Council. Weiss founded and is currently the president of the Heroin Awareness Committee, a non-profit organization that provides awareness and education to all parts of New Mexico about the opiate problem affecting our youth. Weiss became an advocate for drug abuse prevention after losing her son to a heroin overdose in 2011. She earned her M.B.A. in Business from the University of New Mexico and her B.S. in Information Technology from the University of Phoenix.
July 27, 2012
Jessica Brewster of Santa Fe has been appointed to the Board of Prescription Drug Misuse and Overdose Prevention and Pain Management Advisory Council. Brewster currently works as a dentist at La Familia Medical Center in Santa Fe. Brewster holds a D.D.S. Degree from Georgetown University School of Dentistry and a Bachelor of Science Degree in Biology from Boston College.
Mark T. Chiu of Albuquerque has been appointed to the Board of Prescription Drug Misuse and Overdose Prevention and Pain Management Advisory Council. Chiu currently works at Eye Associates of New Mexico, specializing in eye diseases and surgery. Chiu has been certified in ophthalmology for 25 years. He earned his Doctor of Medicine Degree from the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School.
Ernest Dole of Albuquerque has been appointed to the Board of Prescription Drug Misuse and Overdose Prevention and Pain Management Advisory Council. Dole works as a clinical pharmacist at UNM Hospital. Dole has been a practicing pharmacist for 24 years. He holds a Doctor of Pharmacy from the University of Tennessee and a Bachelor of Science in Pharmacy from the University of Colorado.
Steven M. Jenkusky of Albuquerque has been appointed to the Board of Prescription Drug Misuse and Overdose Prevention and Pain Management Advisory Council. Jenkusky is currently the Medical Director for the Behavioral Health Services Line at the University of New Mexico Psychiatric Center. Jenkusky has over 20 years of experience in psychiatry. Jenkusky was a resident psychiatrist in the Department of Psychiatry at the University Of New Mexico School Of Medicine and earned his M.D. from Southern Illinois University School of Medicine.
Joanna Girard Katzman of Albuquerque has been appointed to the Board of Prescription Drug Misuse and Overdose Prevention and Pain Management Advisory Council. Katzman currently is the Deputy Chief Medical Officer for Clinical Integration and Ambulatory Services for the University of New Mexico Health System. Katzman is also currently the Medical Director of the Project ECHO Chronic Pain and Headache Clinic. She holds a Medical Degree from Yale University School of Medicine and a Master’s of Science in Public Health from UCLA School of Public Health.
Dr. Frances Cabeza de Baca-Lovett of Santa Fe has been appointed to the Board of Prescription Drug Misuse and Overdose Prevention and Pain Management Advisory Council. Lovett , a pharmacist, has been practicing clinical pharmacology for over 20 years. She also owns and operates Signature Consult in Santa Fe, a health management business specializing in pathophysiology. Lovett holds a Doctorate in Clinical Pharmacy and a Bachelor of Science in Pharmacy from the University of New Mexico.
Steven A. Seifert of Albuquerque has been appointed to the Board of Prescription Drug Misuse and Overdose Prevention and Pain Management Advisory Council. Seifert is currently a professor at the University Of New Mexico School Of Medicine’s Department of Emergency Medicine. Seifert also serves as the Medical Director at the New Mexico Poison and Drug Information Center. He has over 35 years of experience as a practicing physician in emergency medicine. Seifert holds an M.D. from the University Of Cincinnati College Of Medicine and a B.S. in Biological Sciences from Cornell University.
Robert Geist of Albuquerque has been appointed to the Prescription Drug Misuse and Overdose Prevention and Pain Management Advisory Council. Geist is currently an independent contractor for Santa Fe Center Enterprises, where he manages property use for movie production. Geist holds a bachelors degree in Psychology from Menlo College.
Joanna Katzman, MD, MSPH, an Associate Professor in Neurology, is the Director of the University of New Mexico Pain Center and Co- Director of the UNM Project ECHO Chronic Pain Program, which have received the 2011 American Pain Society Clinical Centers of Excellence Award. Dr. Katzman is currently working with the Army’s Department of Defense to roll-out Army Pain ECHO throughout the Regional Medical Commands worldwide. Dr. Katzman currently resides on the New Mexico Governor’s Council for “Prescription Drug Misuse and Overdose Prevention”. She has trained over 1,400 clinicians from New Mexico in the last 9 months in continuing medical education courses on “Pain and Addictions”. She formally assisted the Veterans Affairs with ECHO Pain replication (SCAN-ECHO), and presently works with the Indian Health Service’s National Center for Tele-behavioral Health as they begin to replicate ECHO Pain and Addictions. Dr. Katzman has served on the Institute of Medicine (IOM) Committee for Gulf War and Health, “Treating Chronic Multisymptom Illness” and she is currently serving on a second IOM committee for Gulf War and Health defining a Consensus Case Definition for Chronic Multisympton Illness.
A. The “prescription drug misuse and overdose prevention and pain management advisory council” is created and shall be administratively attached to the department of health.
Pain Management Advisory Council
Members, Term Expiration
Steven Seifert, Pleasure of the Governor
Frances Baca-Lovett, Pleasure of the Governor
Mark Chiu, Pleasure of the Governor
Ernest Dole, Pleasure of the Governor
Steven Jenkusky, Pleasure of the Governor
Jessica Brewster, Pleasure of the Governor
Joanna Katzman, Pleasure of the Governor
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“What do I stand for?”
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