Rights for pain patients in New Mexico


Database of Statutes, Regulations, & Other Policies for Pain Management

Click to access Pain%20Relief%20Act.pdf

New Mexico Pain Relief Act

D. “chronic pain” means pain that persists after reasonable medical efforts have been made to relieve the pain or its cause and that continues, either continuously or episodically, for longer than three consecutive months. “Chronic pain” does not include pain associated with a terminal condition or with a progressive disease that, in the normal course of progression, may reasonably be expected to result in a terminal condition;

Click to access PtRights%20FINAL_English.pdf

As a recipient of Federal financial assistance, the University of New Mexico Hospitals does not exclude, deny benefits to, or otherwise discriminate against any person on the ground of race, color, or national origin, or on the basis of disabiilty or age in admission to, participation in, or receipt of the services and benefits under any of its programs and activities, whether carried out by the University of New Mexico Hospitals directly or through a contractor or any other entity which the University of New Mexico Hospitals arranges to carry out its programs and activities.

You Have the Right to Be Treated in These Ways

– Have your pain assessed, and treated.

Click to access pel_00182934.pdf

To not be excluded, denied benefits, or otherwise discriminated against on the basis of race, color, national origin, disability, religion, cultural beliefs, gender, sexual orientation, marital status or age, in admission to, participation in, or receipt of the services and benefits under any of its programs and activities, whether carried out by Presbyterian Healthcare Services directly or through a contractor or any other entity with which Presbyterian Healthcare Services arranges to carry out its programs and activities.

To receive information about pain management, when applicable, and to have your pain recognized and managed as effectively as possible;

Click to access Patient_Bill_of_Rights.pdf

New Mexico Department of Health, Client/Patient Bill of Rights

Right to receive care without discrimination as to your race, creed, sex, sexual orientation, religion, age, disability, country of origin, or source of payment.

Derechos de los pacientes/client, Departamento de Salud de Nuevo M

El derecho a recibir cuidados sin discriminar su raza, credo, sexo, orientación sexual, religión, edad, discapacidad, país de origen o fuente de pago.



New Mexico Board of Pharmacy, Pharmacy Patient’s Bill of Rights

9. The patient has the right to file a complaint with the New Mexico State Board of

Click to access Mental-Health-Legal-Rights-of-Adults-in-New-Mexico.pdf

When you receive mental health services on an in-patient or out-patient basis, you have the same rights under the United States Constitution as any other citizen. In additional to your constitutional rights, New Mexico law guarantees the rights described in this booklet. Some of these rights can be limited or taken away, but only when it is believed to be in the interests of effective treatment. Due process of law must be followed before any of your rights can be limited, unless there is a clear emergency.

Throughout this booklet we have attempted to explain what your rights are in New Mexico, which rights can be limited or taken away, and the procedures that must be followed by those who wish to limit or take away a right because they believe it is in your best interests. It is our hope that this information will provide you with the knowledge you need to protect your rights, preserve your dignity, and advocate on your own behalf…


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No end in sight for the opioid war


According to the Pharmacists Mutual report, DEA “currently devotes over 50% of its resources on prescription narcotics.” The number of DEA investigations of pharmacies “over the last 5 years has become rampant,” said Dan Buffington, PharmD, MBA, the practice director at Clinical Pharmacology Services in Tampa, FL, and an APhA Trustee-elect. “These are becoming commonplace.” He also is an expert witness in DEA cases involving medical or pharmacy practice and controlled substance issues…

In DEA’s May 29 response to the report before it was published, Joseph T. Rannazzisi, BSPharm, JD, then deputy assistant administrator for DEA’s Office of Diversion Control, wrote, “DEA does not take administrative enforcement action against pharmacies that fill prescriptions in good faith and with sound professional judgment. However, it should be noted that one of the purposes of administrative enforcement actions is to serve as a deterrent to other registrants.” ...